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Green glazes became greener

06 September 2015

 In Japan, craftspeople and artists have found beauty in green colour since olden times, and brilliant green have been reflected in textiles, paintings, and ceramics by their hands over a long period of history. That is probably because green is always close to people’s lives; mountains are covered with lush forests, and fertile land and humid climate produce crops in fields. The colour of natural surroundings has fascinated the people and inspired them all the time.

 In the history of Japanese ceramics, a lead glaze so-called green glaze was first used in the 9th century for creating celadon-like decoration. Imitating noble colour of celadon was sought after then. As the centuries roll by, potters created wider variety of green colour glazes using different materials and colouring agents. Then green became greener. Deep green glaze, which is later called Oribe, was invented in the 16th century and became fashionable in those days. In the following century, Ko Kutani (old Kutani) style of porcelain ware used bright and rich green in its decorations. Especially in the expression of Ao-de Kutani style, green glaze was abundantly applied.

 Green has been a special colour for creators. It's the same now as it was in the past. Modern ceramicists also seek for their expressions using green glazes. In the photos are Tanahashi Jun's Oribe vase and Ikeshima Naoto's Ao-de Kutani bowl, both of which use green glazes in their two different executions.

Tanahashi Jun's works

Ikeshima Naoto's works

ayatakado notes on ao-de Kutani