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Karatsu Yaki : Karatsu Ware

April 20, 2017

The appeal of Karatsu Yaki (Karatsu ware) is its simple beauty as a tool for daily life. It has the “beauty of service” that is manifested through its functionality -- for serving food and for flower arrangement. A unique warmth and strength can be felt from the raw clay, which is rough and austere.

The glaze used for Karatsu Yaki is “wood ash glaze”, which, as the name suggests, is made of wood ashes. It is used as the basic glaze for Egaratsu (Brush decorated Karatsu ware) and Muji-garatsu (Plain Karatsu ware), as well as most other types of Karatsu ware. The second most commonly used glaze is straw ash glaze, which makes use of the cloudy nature of straw ash. It is used for Madara-garatsu (Mottled Karatsu ware), and for layering with black amber glaze when making Cho(_)sen-garatsu (Korean-style Karatsu ware). Apart from these types of glaze, iron glaze is also often used to make pots.

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Karatsu Yaki : Karatsu Ware

Translation by: Mie Nakajima, reviewed by Mavis Chng

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