en-not kyo [Utsutsugawa-Ware] Yokoishi Gagyu XIII Sasebo Nagasaki Kihara-machi
Egrets. Made of stoneware with design in white slip. Utsutsugawa styleProduction date1940-1984Production placeMade in Asia: Japan: Kyushu: Nagasaki-ken: Sasebo-shi: Kihara-machi: Gagyu KilnMaterialsSTONEWAREDimensionsProduct size: Height 6.5cm / Width 12.4cm / Depth 12.4cmcraftsmen artists working in this idiom in the Sasebo area of Nagasaki prefecture. He was designated holder of an important intangible cultural property for Nagasaki Prefecture in 1975.
Utsutsugawa ware 現川焼 was also known as Yagami ware 矢上焼 . The kiln was located in Utsutsugawa-cho in Nagasaki prefecture. The kiln was started in 1691 (Genroku 4; just before Kaemfper's visit) and stopped by 1741. In 1784, a new kiln called Yagami kiln was opened and revived the Utsutsugawa style. The Utsutsugawa style was revived several times over the last 200 years. In its most recent incarnation, at the beginning of the Showa era (1930s) Yokoishi Gagyu revived the style at his kiln in Kihara-cho, Sasebo city.
The Utsutsugawa style is based on local iron-rich stoneware that is potted extremely thinly with decoration of white slip applied with brush stroke in the hakeme style that originated on the Korean peninsula. Occasionally, underglaze cobalt blue and iron-oxide designs, particularly of birds and flowers or grasses, adorn the ceramic surface, as seen in this example.