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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Kaki Shiga Beni Kushime

Kaki Shiga Beni Kushime

This large red Shigaraki vase makes an impressive centerpiece.  16-1/2" diameter.
$400.00

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Light Shigaraki

Light Shigaraki

Ceramic lighting in the Shigaraki style Dimensions:  7-1/8" diameter by 22-3/4" height
$500.00

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Teapot/Vase Shiga Ki Irabo-L

Teapot/Vase Shiga Ki Irabo-L

Dimensions:  13-5/8" length by 11-1/2" width by 19-5/8" height
$500.00

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Vase Shiga Bronze Stripes

Vase Shiga Bronze Stripes

Dimensions:  10-1/4" length by 9-3/4" width by 17-7/8" height
$500.00

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