Gyouzan kiln has a history as long as that of Kiyomizu Ceramics (KYO-YAKI).
The artists and craftsmen of Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, have been the arbiters of Japanese taste and the objects they produced set standards aimed at but seldom achieved elsewhere in the land. Kyo-Yaki, the ceramics of the capital, are no exception, distinguished from the many other forms of Japanese pottery and porcelain. Kyo-Yaki is unsurpassed in its aristocratic elegance and lavish decoration. Kyo-Yaki was developed by Ninsei and Kenzan, two great potters. The superb technical skill and pictorial genius of Ninsei and the flamboyant decorative instincts of Kenzan brought Kyo-Yaki to its peak during the 17th century. Both these masters inspired artists into the modern period.
Gyouzan kiln has its origins in the 17th century. Around the beginning of the 18th century, Gyouzan kiln was listed by the Emperorfs family as one of the five fine kilns of Kyoto. Around 1890, Choubei(an Okada ancestor) moved to Gojo Higasiyama to set up his kiln and shop .
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Company began to export the reproductions of Ninsei and Kenzan and original KYO-SATUMA ware under the name of Gyouzan. After that Gyouzan kiln had orders not only from the United States ` but also from European countries. After 1950 KYO-SATUMA became well-known in many foreign countries. Their works range from decorative jars to tea ceremony ware.
m@n@b @bD still uses the traditional method of producing beautiful and elegant enameled handmade earthen ware.
We hope you will enjoy our traditional Japanese ceramics.
President , 8th Generation Yoshiaki Okada