Shigaraki

      Situated on a highland area 300 meters above sea level, Shigaraki is a ceramic town of Koga City in the southern part of Shiga Prefecture, and known as one of the traditional centers of Japanese pottery, the home of Shigaraki ware. It has one of the six oldest kilns in Japan and is renowned historically for its good clay.
     Shigaraki pottery has thrived for twelve hundred years in association with the life and industries of the Japanese. The origin of Shigaraki-yaki involved the production of roofing tiles, as ordered by the Emperor during the Nara period (715-806).  During the Kamakura period (1185-1333), water jars and pots were produced.  It was not until the 12th century, when Shigaraki items were recognized by the rising tea culture, that it became well known.
     Shigaraki-yaki is recognized for both the quartz particles embedded in the local clay, and the random reddish pattern naturally produced by a combination of flames and ash coming into contact with the surface of the ware being produced.  It is the result of a process that combines both natural and human elements.  Today, flower vases and ornamental pieces are being produced in the region, taking advantage of the Shigaraki clay that is well suited for large pieces.



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Vase Shiga Hakudei Tsurutsuki

Vase Shiga Hakudei Tsurutsuki

Dimensions:  7-1/2" length by 7" width by 22" height
$250.00

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Vase Shiga Iron Red Wave

Vase Shiga Iron Red Wave

Dimensions:  9-1/4" diameter by 8-3/4" height
$250.00

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Vase Shiga Mountain Floral

Vase Shiga Mountain Floral

Dimensions:  5-5/8" diameter by 11-1/2" height
$140.00

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Vase Shiga Pine Tree Bark

Vase Shiga Pine Tree Bark

Dimensions:  5-1/2" diameter by 9-3/8" height
$85.00

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Vase Shiga Snow Golden Tufa

Vase Shiga Snow Golden Tufa

Dimensions:  6-3/4" diameter by 9-5/8" height
$125.00

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Vase Shiga Snow Plum Blossoms

Vase Shiga Snow Plum Blossoms

Bai (plum) is the only tree that blossoms during the winter, while snow still covers the ground.  Its blooming signifies that Winter is almost at an...
$85.00

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Vase Shiga Tanka Namimonyo

Vase Shiga Tanka Namimonyo

Dimensions:  7" length by 6" width by 12" height
$137.50

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Vase Shiga Tetsuki Hanaire

Vase Shiga Tetsuki Hanaire

Dimensions:  8-1/2" length by 7" width by 10" height
$115.00

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Vase Shiga Torukoyu Tekago

Vase Shiga Torukoyu Tekago

This blue glazed Shigaraki vase has a basket shape.  10-1/2" length by 4-1/2" width by 8-1/2" height
$125.00

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Vase Shiga Tsurutsuki Daen

Vase Shiga Tsurutsuki Daen

Dimensions:  7" length by 3-1/2" width by 14-1/2" height
$100.00

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