We create a form out of potter's clay.
Forming method differs depending on the size and shape, could be by a gypsum mold when it is big.
Arita Porcelain Lab is one of the rare kiln equiped to fire big ware. After forming, pieces are let dry.
In order to prevent breakage and facilitate underglazing,
dried ware is fired at a relatively
low temperature of approximately 900˚C.
Patterns are first outlined.
"Gosu" colour that turns blue after firing is used for outlines.
Bisque-ware is very absorbent, this process to draw outlines with a brush requires skilled technique.
Paint is applied inside the outlined patterns.
Dami Fude is a thick brush but the tip is extremely thin, unique to Arita porcelain production for underglaze painting.
This technique of expressing the shades of colors with Dami Fude is one of the skills that requires long training.
The bisque-ware is then dipped in our original glaze to coat the surface with a clear vitreous liquid. The ware becomes glossy, waterproof and stain-resistant.
The underglaze disappears when coated with glaze, but the patterns can be seen again after firing.
The ware is then fired at a high temperature of approximately 1300˚C
Colors other than blue, such as red, green, yellow or gold are
painted to decorate the porcelain.
The ware are fired at a temperature of 720-800˚C lower than Honyaki to make the color durable, and it's finished.
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Founded in 1804, “Arita Porcelain Lab” is the modern brand name of the Yazaemon Kiln, which was established over 200 years ago.
It is one of Arita’s oldest and largest-scale operating kilns.
Our luxury and modern style of Arita porcelain pieces are created
one by one by handwork of skilled artisants,
taking advantage of the unique and techniques inherited in tradition of Yazaemon kiln, which evolved through countless trials.