Good plate from Karatsu Ware.
W 33.5cm x W 11cm x H 1.5cm / 480-500g
In very good condition ★★★★☆ / No chips, No cracks
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Karatsu ware is a pottery produced in the Saga prefectures. This traditional handicraft has been produced since the 16th century.
One of the most notable features of Karatsu ware is the way it retains the feel of the clay in an uncomplicated manner, but without looking too coarse.
Karatsu ware was originally created for everyday use items such as tableware, pitchers, and other household items. The style is considered a good example of the wabi-sabi aesthetic,, and Karatsu ware bowls, plates, and other implements are often used in tea ceremonies.
During the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1600), Karatsu ware was treasured for its tea vessels, which were famously used in ceremonies along with Raku ware and Hagi ware.
Karatsu ware is said to have first been produced by Korean artisans around the year 1592, when Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI took part in the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592-1598). However, recent research suggest an alternative theory that Karatsu ware was first created around the year 1580.
Initially Karatsu ware was used as tableware for daily use, but as the simple beauty and sense of wabi-sabi (see top parapraph) inherent in Karatsu ware became more and more popular, it gradually came to be used for tea ceremony vessels as well. During the Azuchi-Momoyama period (end of the 16th century) Karatsu ware came to be known as a tea ceremony product to such an extent that in Western Japan, "Karatsu ware" was synonymous with "porcelain".