Japanese porcelain roots
Collecting art is a passion. It gives me pleasure to witness craftsmen engaged in their work, and the scenic locations of their surroundings.
A beautiful environment is paramount in their quest to produce the most fascinating pieces of art. This is as much valid today as it was during the great periods of porcelain craftsmanship.
Art in porcelain comes in many different shapes
Over the years we acquired items which are mainly unique. At the bottom you have a closer look of items in our collection.
Deep situated in the river between the mountains of Arita-Cho, Saga Prefecture, is the birth place of Japanese porcelain.
Izumiyama, which is located deep inside the valley, became a quarry for supplying pottery stone as raw material to Arita.
Japanese porcelain was born whilst the the mine was discovered.
Arita Porcelain first was made in 1616.
It was Lee Sanpei (born 1655), who led the porcelain manufacture during this period.
As mentioned the first porcelain in Japan was manufactured in Arita, and the history of porcelain production started in the 1650’s.
It since has spanned over the last four centuries. Arita 1659’s Kisan Saida, derived from the vivid orange cocoon, was named Sugaemon.
We also need to mention Scarlet Saemon Idaemon, which has become Saemon Porcelain.
First time muddy hand technique
The Saida Saemon family used a muddy hand technique for the first time in porcelain production.
Saida Saemon succeeded in making milky white porcelain called ‘Nakute’ by combining various methods of Sakai Saemon. Saemon is a traditional porcelain maker.
The name and technology of “Kaiemon” have been passed down from father to son for 15 generations.
The production process of Koemon has remained almost unchanged throughout the Edo period.
After that, the Kakiemon kiln, which was discovered again in the 1950s, is a kiln that fires only three times a year.
In Kakiemon kiln both men and women play an essential role throughout the entire process.
Kiln firing process
Before firing the first kiln praying for the success to the god shelves provided in the kiln is as important as the manufacture itself.
The porcelain stays in the oven for 40-50 hours before it is taken out.
Two persons were employed to keep the fire burning, waiting for the heat to cool down. This technique was used in the 1650s-1690s Arita period.
Thousands of red pines used
For this process thousands of red pines were required.
China’s porcelain export ceased, and Arita became the world’s porcelain supplier.
The Dutch East India Company took two years from the order of goods imported to Europe for the first time in the 1670s-1700s.
Export to Europe has increased rapidly since then.
The foundation of the Japanese porcelain Korean peninsula was inspired by the Chinese style and spread around the world by Dutch traders.
Rediscovery of muddy hand technique in 1971
In 1971, they rediscovered the muddy hand technique that the 12th and 13th generation Saida Saemon had lost.
Only the Saemon Kiln, which is a crucial designated intangible cultural property of the country, is able to use this technology since 1973.
2014 Sakaida Hiroshi (1968-), who was certified as a national treasure and left a work deeply inspired by nature.
Takumaru Saida inherited the kiln as the fifteenth generation after taking over Kakiemon in 2014.