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What is Usuki Ware? | Japan’s Most Mysterious Traditional Pottery

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The history of Usuki ware

Usuki ware is a mysterious type of potteries that flourished for a decade or so before declining and dying out.

The production of Usuki ware began in the late years of the Edo period. Usuki ware, originally managed by the government of Han of the Usuki region, is named after the region of Usuki. However, Usuki ware is also sometimes referred to as suehrio ware and sarayamaki ware after the location of the original workshop. Four families of potters from Shimabara (Nagasaki), Koishiwara (Fukuoka), and Komine were summoned to Usuki to create Usuki (in Miyazaki). However, Usuki ware was abandoned after only a dozen years. Due to the short period of time, there are only a few documents left about Usuki ware.

Members of Usuki ware Research Institute – USUKIYAKI 制作現場から

In 2015, after a lapse of about 200 years, Usuki ware was revived by local potters. Local workshops, such as the Sarayama Studio and the Usuki ware Research Institute(臼杵焼研究所), are working hard to revive Usuki ware based on the remaining materials to pass on the forgotten techniques of Usuki.

Usuki ware Research Institute – USUKIYAKI 制作現場から

The Usuki Ware Institute is housed in a renovated old post office.

The characteristics of usuki ware

Usuki ware is created from the concept that “A dish is the frame for the food that is served on it.” Usuki ware is thus crafted with the goal of accentuating the natural beauty of the traditional culinary culture of Usuki. Ingredients harvested from the bountiful oceans and vast mountains, as as the many crops, miso and soy sauces, and local breweries of the Usuki area are depicted harmoniously in the design of Usuki ware.

The following are scenes from the production of Usuki ware.

Usuki ware is created from the concept that “A dish is the frame for the food that is served on it.” Usuki ware is thus crafted with the goal of accentuating the natural beauty of the traditional culinary culture of Usuki. Ingredients harvested from the bountiful oceans and vast mountains, as as the many crops, miso and soy sauces, and local breweries of the Usuki area are depicted harmoniously in the design of Usuki ware.

Were to Buy Usuki Ware?

You can purchase Usuki ware below. It will make your table more gorgeous than you can imagine from this mysterious background.

MUSUBI KILN – Global Japanese traditional tableware store.

Below are a few popular products at MUSUBI KILN.

RYOUKA Lotus Petal Usuki Round Plate
RYOUKA Lotus Petal Round Plate
RYOUKA Usuki Coffee Cup and Saucer

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