Swanica explores Japan

Sunday, April 08, 2007

I made this "Oribe"plate at the Nippon Tougei Club.

In the mid-sixteenth century, the taste of ceramics changed from Chinese ceramics to domestically manufactured wares, or "wamono".
Sen no Rikyuo refined this change: the aesthetic of "wabi-cha": the spirit of simplicity of the tea ceremony. This unique world of "chado" (tea ceremony) used ceramic vessels and utensils rooted in Japanese aesthetics, especially Shino and Oribe ware from the Mino kilns.

Oribe ware was technically exquisite in its use of colored glaze, design, and shape. A variety of innovative ceramic wares, were manufactured, and an overglaze polychrome enamel was created that combined the new copper-green glaze, the most characteristic glaze of Oribe, with the traditional iron glaze.
In addition to the traditional round shape, we see objects with geometric shapes or those based on traditional designs, such as fan shapes and shapes that are purposely distorted.
The designs reflect those of mainly textiles: classical Japanese designs that were popular during the Heian period.
Oribe ware was fired in a multi-chamber climbing kiln, "Noborigama". This type of kiln made it possible to fire ceramics more effectively.


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