Seto-yaki | Japanese Noodle Bowl | Taisho Period
Throughout Asia, noodle making is an art form, and delicious soup broths are part of the culture where recipes are handed down through many family generations. This noodle bowl is beautifully proportioned with the “straw-striped” design in red, blue, green, and yellow on a white porcelain background. On the interior rim each straw-strip is carried over to give interest to the interior of the white glazed background. The base of the bowl is natural brown pottery with an the glazed signature of the artist on the bottom. Dimensions: 6-0″ dia. x 2-1/2″h.
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The history of Seto-yaki, (Seto ware), dates back to the 8th century in Aichi prefecture. At this time, it was the only area in Japan producing glazed ceramics. During the Edo period, (1603-1867), Seto’s ceramic industry flourished due to the production of a range of items, from those for everyday household use to exquisite works of art.
Historically, Seto’s natural resources make it ideal as a center for producing fine quality porcelain and pottery goods. The clay in the surrounding mountains is of superior quality and has a high silica content. There are also dense forests nearby to provide wood to fire the kilns. Over 1,000 ancient kilns have been discovered in various parts of the Seto region.