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can anyone identify Japanese characters? - bowls and chawan contemporary

Post by flying free on Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:46 am

I bought three bowls and chawan recently on a whim. Obviously I am having huge difficulty identifying even what they are made of or the glazes etc However so far I think...
the three bowls have some type of tenmoku glaze?? possibly Yuteki tenmoku??
but the chawan I have no idea on. The three bowls are labelled and signed though. Arita pottery, but no idea what the signature is. Any help would be much appreciated - anything at all Shrugs the chawan have raised white ceramic dots on them. Are they raku? they have a glazed interior in sort of celadon maybe that is crackled. They aren't marked.
help.... Surrender
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Post by flying free on Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:50 am



label on marked bowls


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Post by flying free on Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:53 am

sorry, meant to say the chawan have raised white glaze dots decor on them, not 'ceramic' dots.

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Re: can anyone identify Japanese characters? - bowls and chawan contemporary

Post by dantheman on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:40 pm

Arita is a town located in Nishimatsuura District, Saga, Japan. It is known for producing Arita porcelain, one of the traditional handicrafts of Japan. It also holds the largest ceramic fair in Western Japan

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Post by flying free on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:49 pm

Hi Dan
thanks :) I have searched Arita pottery but mostly I come up with the coloured porcelain. I have searched endlessly but all I can work out is that I think they are possibly yuteki tenmoku glaze. I've found one potter who specialises in this but without knowing what the sig says I can't tell if they are his. I then also found a bowl last night that looks similar in terms of decor and the way the interior is done and that refers to it being silver ??? which is confusing because I thought the glistening was not silver in any form but was the reaction of the glaze on firing.
Being able to read the sig will help - I've searched mostly everything on the net using Arita and nothing. Even the bowls I found didn't seem to be from that area.
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Post by flying free on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:50 pm

sorry that meant to read 'even the bowls I found THAT WERE VERY SIMILAR TO MINE' didnt' seem to be from that area.

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Post by perries-troika on Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:49 pm

Hi, the only character I can identify is the square with the vertical and horizontal line inside that looks lika window. That is the `KANJI` for `RICE`.

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Post by dantheman on Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:53 pm

so we know what they are for...

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Post by flying free on Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:39 pm

thank you! Happy
although I can't imagine eating from them as they are way too stunning to use (and I quite happily use a lot of my pottery).
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Post by dantheman on Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:14 am

recently,after talking to a studio potter, I decided to use some of my collection for it's intended purpose,I now have Flowers in stunning vases and drink coffee from beautiful mugs etc Most Excellent

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Post by flying free on Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:21 pm

I love using my vases (of which I have a fair few) for flowers ;)
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Post by flying free on Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:25 pm

and I have a David Wright mug for my coffee - very gorgeous.

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Post by flying free on Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:42 am

apologies, but this is a *bump* as well. I have searched interminably for these but am no further. Any help would be very much appreciated :)
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Re: can anyone identify Japanese characters? - bowls and chawan contemporary

Post by studio-pots on Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:54 am

What you have, as the gold sticky label says, are 3 teabowls (chawan) and 3 rice bowls made in Arita. The first two characters on the gold label mean "Arita" and the final character means "ware". The Japanese would say Arita -yaki.

The rice bowls do appear to have a yuteki tenmoku glaze from a distance - this is called oilspot as well as it gives a silvery glisten as oil on water. However this glaze is very difficult to achieve and takes years of work and the close up of the calligraphy on the bowl suggests that it is done much more simply on your bowls with a blue glaze underneath and a dark glaze applied on top.

The teabowls are not raku (which is lower fired earthenware) but stoneware.

Arita is probably the pottery centre with the largest volume of production in Japan and is best known in the West for the Imari ware that was/is produced there.

I don't know what the calligraphy on your bowl says. It could be the mark of a potter (but not the person who made it) or a greeting or motto.

Basically the gold label gives the game away that these pieces are mass produced factory items and would cost just a few pounds each.

They are no doubt very good quality and much better quality than anything of a comparable price produced in the West but they were made for use and to be replaced when broken. There are a few large Japanese outlets selling this type of thing in the UK (certainly around London where there is a large Japanese population).


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