Iwami ware is the name for the ceramics that has been made since the Edo period in the Iwami region centering around Gotsu, Shimane. It is comprised mainly of items for daily use, such as water jars, mortars and large storage vessels. The Iwami region is surrounded by rich nature and blessed with hard, fine-grained ceramic clay. Since this clay is solid and highly resistant to acid, salt, and water, Iwami ware has become famous for storage vessels, such as jars for pickles. In particular, large round jars called "Hando" spread the name of Iwami ware throughout Japan. Traditional Iwami ware has disappeared gradually over time, however, there are skilled and passionate artisans who have continued making firm ceramics for daily use. Authentic and beautiful Iwami ware has been passed down and it is still made with the conventional method in the Iwami region.
Gotsu City, Shimane Prefecture This mountain climbing kiln uses a mountain slope to connect several long and narrow rooms, one after another to increase the volume of the room and use the remaining heat to raise the fire. Adjacent chambers are connected by small small windows, and the mechanism of firing while the temperature is transmitted from the small window to the next kiln is indispensable for making large items, because it produces high temperature with good thermal efficiency. The climbing kiln, which is baked at a high temperature of 1200 to 1300 degrees for two days, takes a lot of time and labor, and because it uses a large amount of pine as a fuel, it is not an efficient kiln, but the unique color and baking of Iwami ware. This firing method , which produces unevenness and does not show the finish until the kiln is taken out, has both the fun and fear of pottery. There is only one climbing kiln in Gotsu now.
Cream medium Iwami Bowl with lid. Ideal as a dish, for soup or fruits salad thanks to its glaze.
Ceramic artist: Shimada Takayuki
- Size: φ130×H70
- Material: Ceramic
Place of Origin: Iwami, Japan