Uradome-yaki Yukihakuji Yunomi
Uradome-yaki Yukihakuji Yunomi

Uradome-yaki Yukihakuji Yunomi

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For several decades, porcelain was produced on the Uradome coast with the support of the Tottori Clan. Pottery stones were brought from the mountains between the fishing villages of Tago and Oguri, and fired in a kiln in between them. When the Meiji Restoration ushered in the abolishment of the shogunate in roughly 1868, this porcelain production vanished. But in March, 1971, a climbing kiln was once again built at the foot of the mountains on the side of Kiriyama Castle. Since then, porcelain vessels have been produced once again, made for contemporary life, using the same stones as those used during the Edo Period.

Savor your tea with this Uradome-yaki porcelain yunomi. Yunomi do not have handles, allowing the warmth of the cup to transfer to your hands.


Studio: Uradome-yaki
Origin: Uradome, Iwami, Tottori Prefecture 
Dimensions: Ø8 x H7.5 cm
Weight: 130g
Materials: Uradome-yaki porcelain
Technique: Yukihakuji

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Tottori's traditional porcelain, revived

Uradome-yaki is a porcelain native to Tottori’s beautiful and rugged Uradome coast. This porcelain was once extinct, but it was revived in the 1970’s in connection with Japan's folk art movement, Mingei. With extensive research into Edo Period records, exploration for pottery stones, and a lot of hard work, this traditional porcelain continues today, now run by founder Mitsuo Yamashita’s son-in-law, Toshiyuki Hirata.

Today's Uradome-yaki blends traditional techniques and modern sensibility to make tableware that suits contemporary life. Its subtle aesthetic, with its pale shades of white and blue, is inspired in part by pottery of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty. Though this porcelain is from the earth, the delicate colors and the different degrees of glossiness of the vessels give it an almost unearthly quality, yet is totally timeless, and suited to contemporary tastes.

a labor of love

During the late Edo Period, the Tottori Clan financed the production of Uradome-yaki porcelain, but the craft disappeared during the Meiji period with the abolishment of the Shogunate. Then, in 1971, craftsman Mitsuo Yamashita revived the craft under the guidance of prominent Mingei movement figure Shoya Yoshida. Yamashita, who was trained in pottery in Tanba, Hyogo Prefecture, built the porcelain production up from scratch, using the same natural materials used in the Edo Period. In 2000, Yamashita's son-in-law, Toshiyuki Hirata, joined as the second-generation craftsman of the modern-day Uradome-yaki kiln.

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