Famous Ceramics of Japan 9: Karatsu by Tarouemon Nakazato


New, Hardcover, grey cloth, the first edition of 44 pages, 18 black and white images, and 62 full colors. Number 9 in the Famous Ceramics of Japan series; An in-depth look at Karatsu, tea ceremony ware produced mostly in the late 16th and early 17th centuries; Wonderful photos with annotations. The book is out of print and difficult to obtain in excellent condition. Oversized.

Nakazato's is one of the original potting families in Karatsu with the family's lineage tracing back 14 generations. Pottery was introduced into Karatsu when Toyotomi Hideyoshi kidnapped and enslaved talented Korean potters in the late 16th century during the Imjin War. The Korean potters, who were later moved to work in Arita, are said to have set the foundation for what was to become Karatsu-yaki, (Karatsu earthenware). Tarouemon Nakazato revived the original Karatsu pottery style based on historical shards and was recognized as a National Living Treasure of Japan in the 1970s.

Condition: New, Stored product, it is as good as new with unbroken spine.