Kutani Ware features vivid, strong and pictorial painting. It is one of the most popular porcelain ware in the world.
Use & Care
Generally for porcelains, it is recommended to put it in the boiling water before first use. Once porcelains absorb water and get dry, natural coating is formed to prevent it getting stains or bad smell.
Wash it with a Neutral detergent and soft sponge as soon as possible after use. Strong rub with a cleanser or nylon scourer might cause damage to porcelains.
It is dishwasher safe, but the painting might come off during long-term use.
"Kutani-yaki is pottery with overglaze painting, made in the southern cities such as Kanazawa, Komatsu, Kaga, and Nomi in Ishikawa Prefecture. With its vivid colors, it has attracted many fans overseas, and a lot of modern Kutani-yaki are exported, so some of you might be already familiar with it. The history of Kutani-yaki dates back to around 17th century. The first lord of Daishoji Domain, Maeda Toshiharu, told his retainer Goto Saijiro to go learn about pottery in Hizen-arita after discovery of magnetite in Kaneyama, Kutani, which is now Sannaka cho, Kutani in Ishikawa Prefecture. He adopted its techniques and built a kiln in Kutani, which is said to be the beginning of Kutani-yaki. With exquisite use of many vivid colors such as blue, green and yellow as well as bold unconventional patterns, Kutani-yaki came in many forms. It was soon highly evaluated as the best porcelain with overglaze painting in Japan, earning praise for its uniqueness and beautiful shapes "