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Posted By: KK Sat, Nov 18, 2006 IP:

I love to find out more information about their maker, history of this type of pottery. Any one can help? A antique website calls them "Kyoto Ware". What is "Kyoto Ware"?

Subject:Re: vases
Posted By: Judy Sat, Nov 18, 2006


Kyoto is one of the cities in Japan having potteries that make mass-produced wares for export and to be sold in various gift shops and department stores. The term "Kyoto ware" applied to these is somewhat like calling an unsigned painting of a generic style of unknown origin "American school."

The form of the vases is a double gourd that originated in ceramics in China hundreds of years ago. I don't believe these vases originated more than decades ago.

Best regards,

Subject:Re: vases
Posted By: PyroManiac Sat, Nov 18, 2006

These brightly colored wares are ranging from green, turquoise, yellow and purple are called Awaji wares from kilns on Awaji Island in Japan. They date to the early 20th century and were widely exported to the west.

Subject:Re: vases
Posted By: Edward Shumaker Sun, Nov 19, 2006

Agree with PyroManiac... early 20th


Subject:Kyoto ware =Awaji pottery?
Posted By: KK Mon, Nov 20, 2006

Thanks, Judy, PyroManiac and Edward. Both what so called “Kyoto ware” and Awaji ware have very similar style and identical finely crackle glazes and clay body. Awaji piece often has a square kiln mark with “Japan” on its base. The unmarked pieces often termed “ Kyoto ware” But Kyoto is not in Awaji Island. So why “Kyoto ware”??? Is there a separated kiln around Kyoto make similar ware?

I own a number of those potteries, they are not something of great value or age, but I just love their glazes and their influence on the Arts and Crafts counterpart.

There is a large number of Awaji and Kyoto ware at this link:

Subject:Re: Kyoto ware =Awaji pottery?
Posted By: robert green Sat, Feb 03, 2018

hello, I have this same vase-rob | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |