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Japan - Blue and White

Japan - Blue and White


Until today, in China, Korea and Japan a piece of snow white porcelain with a strong, cobalt blue underglaze painting is the epitome of fine ceramics. In the beginnings of porcelain manufacture in Japan, Japanese potters and painters modelled themselves on Chinese and Korean artists. The most important period in Japanese porcelain production was the Edo period (1603-1868). At that time, the Japanese techniques and paintings developed from sheer imitations to authentic works of art, which clearly showed their Japanese origin. This first Japanese Porcelain was produced in Arita, Kyushu. Today Japanese ceramics amaze by their enourmous diversity.



An article on “Wisteria Bonsai in the German magazine BONSAI ART No. 88 was not only a feast for the eyes for bonsai enthusiasts; also pot enthusiasts could enjoy a few exceptional pots.



The article also showed masterpieces of traditional and modern Japanese pottery from a gardening exhibition in the region Hanama, between Tokyo and Nagoyo, not far from Tokoname.



For the pot enthusiasts, here are some details from the pictures in this article. They show particularly beautiful Japanese pots. In the western bonsai world you don't see these kinds of pots very often.



Here are some other masterpieces of Japanese blue and white ware from an illustrated book on Chinese and Japanese pottery published by the Nippon Bonsai Association in 1990 (see also Books) for your enjoyment.







The province of OWARI in the AICHI prefecture produces the high-grade, world famous OWARI porcelain. You can enjoy these masterpieces in various museums of the region, e.g. in the Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum in Seto, in the Tile Museum in Tokoname or in the Kawara Museum in Takahama. (Seto and Tokoname are among the six oldest and most important ceramic and porcelain centres of Japan).


Here are some excellent examples of Owari porcelain pots for your enjoyment.






Peter Krebs


Photographs 1-4: BONSAI ART


Photographs 5-9: Nippon Bonsai Association



Photographs 10-14: Picture archive Peter Krebs


Translation: Stefan Ulrich








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