Attractiveness of "Tanba-yaki", delicate expression by glaze and ash
"Tanba-yaki (Tanba Tachikui-yaki)", which is produced in Tanba Tachikui area, Hyogo, is one of the six Japanese old kilns with Seto, Tokoname, and Shigaraki. The origin dates back to the late Heian era, and many practical dishes such as pots and jars were made at first. However, many excellent tea utensils were also produced according to an instruction of a tea master and feudal lord, Enshu Kobori in the Edo period. Since then, many folk-style works including dishes and flower vases have been made for "beauty of usage”.
What is the characteristic kiln?
The above photo is "Shinringama" mug, Saishikibaiyu · red 3,780 yen (tax included · same as below). A discreet but impressive gradation of red glaze complements the beauty of usage.
(Photo: Tanba no Irodori, same as below)
Although all Tanba-yaki have the simple common theme, beauty of usage, there are no "leads" to evaluate the works as each pottery style differs widely depending on the kiln. So I asked a tough question of an online shop,"Tanba no Irodori", which handles Tanba-yaki ranging from retro folk dishes to stylish & modern types, "What if you want to name a distinctive pottery as Tanba-yaki ?", and the answer was "Shinringama".
"Shinringama " square tray · Saishikibaiyu · blue 2,700 yen. It is about 15 cm on one side and a perfect fit for a toast and so on.
The owner of the kiln is Nobuhito Nakaoka. Born in Osaka, after graduating from high school, he studied under the Tanba-yaki artist, Mr. Tadashi Nishihata out of desire to engage in ceramic art. He is a writer with a various experience such as studying glaze at Kyoto City Industrial Test Site and also traveling to a small Caribbean country as a ceramics member of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers.
"Shinringama" round cup · Saishikibaiyu · blue 2,370 yen. Pouring water or tea will make the beautiful blue color more vivid.
"Saishikibaiyu" creates delicate scenery
The technique of "Saishikibaiyu" common to these works can be a pronoun for Mr.Nakaoka. Some ash of pine kiln firewood falls on the vessel and melts into the glaze during firing. The colors and patterns created by the blending are beautiful. Since Mr.Nakaoka kept studying the glaze, he can produce such a delicate scenery like this.
Of course, many other Tanba-yaki from the kilns with diverse styles are lined up besides Nakaoka’s in "Tanba no Irodori". Why do not you visit an online shop first, or visit directly a shop in your neighborhood to find your favorite work?