image Bowl with yellow glaze and engraved Satsuki azalea design.

Bowl with yellow glaze and engraved Satsuki azalea design.

Living National Treasures Manji Inoue

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Seihakuji (blue-white porcelain), known in English as celadon, is produced using porcelain clay made from white stone. It is pottery that has been biscuit-fired and painted with a glaze containing a small amount of iron, which turns a bluish tint when fired again. This technique originated in China. There is also hakuji (white porcelain), which is painted with a glaze that turns transparent when fired, and seiji (blue porcelain), made with clay containing iron coated with a glaze that turns blue when fired.

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Manji Inoue

  • Ceramic
  • / Living National Treasures
  • / Full member, Japan Kogei Association

INOUE is the leading expert of hakuji (white porcelain), and a master-hand at the pottery wheel. He continues pursuing the beauty of wheel-thrown hakuji, and also produces decorated hakuji pieces.

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