Kutani ware (九谷焼 Kutani-yaki)
Kutani ware is a style of Japanese porcelain known for multiple colors such as different greens, blues, yellows, purples and reds. The most significant feature of Kutani ware is its attractive appearance. It is produced in Ishikawa prefecture and is classified as an Edo overglaze enamel porcelain. From the early Edo period of 1655, Ishikawa Prefecture became famous for its areas specializing in porcelain.
Kutani ware is impressive. It looks like a painting on a big piece of paper in bold an delicate detail.
History of Kutani Ware
It is said the first Kutani ware was made in the village of Kutani (now part of Kaga city) in the early Edo period. Kutani porcelain from this early period are specifically referred to as ko-kutani (old Kutani) and are extremely rare. The produce of this porcelain continued for about 50 to 60 years, but the kilns of Kutani suddenly closed down in 1730. Some 80 years later, Kutani ware was re-established in Kanazawa. After a couple years, various types of Kutani ware were made in various kilns all over Japan. Since the Wien Expo in 1873, a lot of Kutani ware had started to trade and export as Japanese Kutani which became popular around the world.