Sunday, June 3, 2012

Famous Nagasaki Pottery

Famous Nagasaki Pottery is one of the areas biggest draw cards and bring in thousands of tourists every year.  Nagasaki Pottery began at the end of the 16th century, the feudal lord of the Omura clan accompanied Toyotomi Hideyoshi (the Shogunate of Japan at the time) on one of his campaigns to the Korean Peninsular.  On his return he brought back some Korean potters with him and they began making pottery in Hasami, Nagasaki.  By the beginning of the 17th century porcelain was being made  such as cups and plates, various kinds of containers like sake (Japanese rice wine) flasks were also being produced.

The degree of detail, the cobalt blue motifs, and the beautiful translucent quality of the porcelain are what makes Hasami ware so special. It is also very reasonably priced and designs have been adapted over the years, so that now a great variety of items are offered, some of which are traditional while others are modern in character.  With 30 government recognized Master Craftsmen among their ranks, 2,500 people are employed by the 120 firms still producing this attractive porcelain.

A must for any pottery fans and it isn't just the pottery that makes people return over and over again.  The people and the scenic beauty of this quaint rural town is such an enchanting experience to wander around and just lose yourself in the process whilst picking up a bargain or that piece of work that you have always been looking for.  There are many shops to browse to pick up the special piece that you will never forget.

Come and check out Famous Nagasaki Pottery on a map!

Click to enlarge the photos below:

Famous Hasami Hyakkusan Potter

Close up of the wall

The wall of mistakes

Close up of the Wall of Shame

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