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Arita cho , Saga
(Arita Machi)
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Inheriting the traditional beauty of form in Arita Ware and the techniques of predecessor potters    



Digest: 3 minutes
Entire story: 34 minutes
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This video is a documentary of interviews with three famous potters.
Sakaida Kakiemon the 14th: "The Kakiemon style" represents the beauty of yohaku. Is yohaku designed to remove something unnecessary? Or is it drawn purposely? Nigoshi-de represents differences in the whiteness of the material kiji, and the whiteness for showing contrasts with, sometsuke, indigo coloring, and that for showing contrasts with iroe, colored drawing, are different.
Imaizumi Imaemon the 14th: "Iro Nabeshima" is referred as to the dishes used in the castle of the Saga Clan and those created to be presented to the feudal government. The process of uwa-e-tsuke (color painting) alone used to be performed within the Imaizumi family. This was a custom developed for the purpose of preventing the color blending technique from being leaked out of the family. As a consequence, this technique was taught only to one child in each generation. The 13th master researched "Fuki-zumi" (ink-blowing) techniques, and the 14th master is involved in research related to "Sumi Hajiki" (ink-repellent) techniques.
Tsuji Hitachi, the 14th master of the Tsuji family: Ever since Tsuji Kiemon, the 3rd master, was appointed to produce pottery by the Imperial court, the Tsuji family has been presenting pottery to the Imperial family through successive generations. "Gokushin-yaki" is a special method for placing pottery in a kiln developed as a result of numerous trials and errors in order to realize a delicate, uniform firing to create works to be presented to the Imperial family. One of the characteristics of the pottery created by the Tsuji family is the color "ai" (indigo blue). In order to realize this graceful, elegant color, the pottery created by the Tsuji family employs "gosu," which can be found in Chinese porcelain.

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