Large dish with binankazura design.
SizeL50.0 W50.0 H11.5
Blue and white ware is made by painting designs on white biscuit-fired pottery with a cobalt-rich pigment known as zaffer, or gosu in Japanese. It is then coated with a transparent glaze and glost-fired. In China it has been made since the Yuan Dynasty (around the 12th century).
With this technique, you can paint designs with pigment containing iron oxide (rusted iron), then coat it with a glaze that turns transparent during firing, and fire it at a high temperature (glost firing). This is a basic method of producing decorative ceramics, utilizing the way the iron in the pigment changes colors when fired.
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.
- / Associate member, Japan Kogei Association
Inspired by the flowers, berries, and fruits, and the changing seasons as motifs, I decorate ceramics with overglaze painting. When creating my works I aim at making a soft impression.