HASAMI WARE SMALL BOWL
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Hasami ware began in 1598, when Yoshiaki OMURA, the lord of the Omura domain, brought back potters from Korea. The actual porcelain production began one year later, in 1599. The type of kiln used at that time was the ascending kiln which is formed by digging a hole in the hillside. Such kilns were established in three areas within Hasami: Hatanohara, Furusaraya, and Yamanita.
The mainstream modern-day Hasami ware are dyed or celadon* porcelain pieces with a beautiful contrast between the white porcelain and the indigo, but in the initial period after formation, the kilns were used for slipware (pottery decorated with a clay and water mixture). From year 1602, celadon porcelain became mainstream and due to the discovery of raw materials for porcelain there was a gradual shift from slipware to porcelain. Subsequently, the production output of porcelain increased so much that by the latter part of the Edo period (1603-1868) Hasami boasted Japan's largest porcelain production output.
The reason that hasami ware became the most widely produced porcelain in Japan is the kurawanka bowls. The common people of the Edo period viewed porcelain as a luxury product, but kurawanka bowls were sold at moderate prices, so the dishware adorned the dining tables of many common households.