Kokuzo-yaki Senmon Sobachoko
Kokuzo-yaki Senmon Sobachoko

Kokuzo-yaki Senmon Sobachoko

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This soba sauce cup with a senmon design. Senmon is a technique in which a glaze is scratched off with a scriber after coating with a white glaze. The underglaze is coated in advance with local iron-containing clay (which turns brown after firing), so that the brown of the clay peeks out from the scraped lines when the pottery is fired. Tottori is famous for stargazing as the Milky Way can be seen in all the cities. The pattern is etched with smooth and steady hand, making a design which resembles a constellation, as if the stars were connected to each other.

Studio: Kokuzo-yaki
Origin: Kurayoshi, Tottori Prefecture
Dimensions: Ø 8.5 x H6 cm
Weight: 115g
Materials: Kokuzo-yaki pottery
Technique: Senmon

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pottery from the local soil, named for the local history

The Kokuzo-yaki kiln is owned and operated by couple Yoshiyasu and Kayako Yamamoto. It was established in 1890 by Yoshiyasu’s great-grandparents, who, after discovering high-quality clay in the Kurayoshi area, decided to build their kiln and settle there. A 7th Century archeological site of the regional Yamato Period chiefs lies nearby, who are affectionately nicknamed “Kokuzo-san” or “Mr. Nation-builders” by the locals. Yoshiyasu's grandparents decided to name their pottery Kokuzo-yaki, after this affectionate local name and history.

inspired by the land

The Yamamoto family has now been producing Kokuzo-yaki for four generations. Yoshiyasu and Kayako work day and night to produce high-quality, durable tableware with the mellow, white glaze characteristic of this pottery tradition, as well as its decorative techniques which express Tottori’s natural beauty. “Tobiganna” pieces with their soft and wavy ridges evoke the Tottori sand dunes, and “senmon” pieces emulate constellations in the night sky.


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