about features of Meiji kutani

From the begining, Meiji kutani was divuded into so-called artworks by creators (works that can be confirmed as creators with excellent skills) and non-artworks. In order to understand the reason, when this gallery collected about 80 excellent works (partially sold out), It has been found that they have various common features. The following are main features of them.

feature ① Meiji kutani that brought up many master craftsmen

the porcelain painters who repeated creating the excellent kutani one after another, were engraved in the history of kutani. From this, it can be said that a lot of master craftsmen who appeared in the Meiji period were brought up by Meiji kutani.          ・・・(continued)・・・

feature ② a design like a Japanese painting

in preparation for the Philadelphia (1876) Expo in 1876, especially, Meiji kutani was required to have a design like a Japanese painting, and to be a craft with artistic and Japanese beauty and delicacy.      ・・・(continued)・・・

feature ③ export kutani pottery merchant

Although Japan had no experience in trading with the Western countries, Meiji kutani developed significantly, driven by export. Many pottery merchants carried out various businesses related to Meiji Kutani and two pioneers were Marunaka Magohei and Watano Kichiji.      ・・・(continued)・・・

feature ④ from the square “fuku” to the “Dainippon Kutani” brand

The back names written on kutani in the Edo period often had the character “fuku”(fortune)in single or double squares, and they have the meaning of auspiciousness. Therefore, even in the revival kutani, which it is known that the master craftsmen were active, their names could not be written on the revival kutani.     ・・・(continued)・・・

feature ⑤ division of labor system of industrial kutani

The production and sale of kutani, which became full-scale in the Meiji period, were supported by a division of labor system in which the kiln for the body, the painting factory, and pottery merchants cooperated, and industrial kutani actively responded to      ・・・(continued)・・・

feature ⑥ revival of ao kutani

Matsumoto Sahei was said to come up with a style of painting called “Shoun-do style” that fused both red kutani and ao kutani (kutani that used a lot of green on the surface).   ・・・(continued)・・・