ARITA 400project exhibition at TOKYO -Tradition and Revelution-
ARITA which attracted many visitors in “MAISON&OBJET PARIS”
In 1616, quality ceramic rocks were found in Arita’s Izumiyama mountain, giving birth to Japan’s first locally produced porcelain. That year became the starting point of Arita porcelain’s 400-year history. Arita porcelain was the result of importing technology and means of production from the continent and adapting them to Japanese aesthetics (namely, importing cultural specialties from overseas and improving them based on local standards). From the middle of the 17th century until the middle of the 18th century, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) exported Arita Porcelain from Asia to Europe. In 100 years, the corporation transported several million Arita Porcelain products across the seas. In 1878 and 1900, Arita Porcelain received the Grand Prize at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. In 2016, Arita Porcelain will mark its 400th anniversary. In Europe, Arita, known as “IMARI” was also called “White Gold” and European royal aristocrats soon started decorating their residences with Arita porcelain vases and dishes, Many copies were also produced in renowned kilns such as those of Chantilly and Meissen.
As Arita Porcelain founding 400 years project, Arita Porcelain have been exhibited at the International Trade Fair of Interior and Design “MAISON&OBJET PARIS” in January 2016. The 8 brand works will be exhibited at Tokyo as the returned exhibition.
ARITA PORCELAIN LAB
Founded in 1804, Yazaemon Pottery, Arita’s largest porcelain workshop, has refined its trademark glazing techniques through relentless testing processes spanning over 200 years. Today, Arita Porcelain Lab is reinventing the Arita brand, instilling into its traditional glazing technique a sense of modernity and contemporary lifestyle.
The Fukagawa Seiji household, which lit its first ceramic kiln in 1650, founded its own crafts company in 1894. After being awarded the Grand Prize at the Paris 1900 Exposition Universelle, Fukagawa Seiji was appointed official purveyor to the Japanese Imperial Household. Making all materials, glazes and paints internally from their initial composition down to their finishing touches, this unique company has the largest expert workforce in all of Arita, with seven master artisans producing the world’s greatest-quality porcelain. Their elegant and sophisticated design has also gained prominence throughout the world.
Since its establishment in 1753, Gen-emon has produced countless handcrafted ceramic creations ranging from fine dinnerware to houseware, adjusting to the needs of modern times. Today, Gen-emon porcelain is a world-renowned household name. Its production often involves the combination of many different materials into a wide array of delicately crafted objects.
Hataman is at the origin of the Imari Nabeshima brand of porcelain. It inherits ancient traditions while constantly adapting their design to shifting trends throughout the ages. Producing unparalleled added value, Hataman’s manufacturing processes combine traditional Japanese aesthetics with skillful craftsmanship.
Kamachi Toho develops ceramic ware for businesses. Their tradition-inspired modern design and worldclass dinnerware make them a go-to ceramics provider for famous hotels and restaurants throughout the world. They use modern techniques with traditional crafting methods on Arita’s world-renowned rocks, which allows them to produce a wide array of custom-made, colorful products.
The Kihara brand provides great-looking, user-friendly ceramic wares that keep its users coming back for more. As a local Arita porcelain trading company, Kihara offers dinnerware for contemporary and modern lifestyles. Kihara combines 400 years of tradition with innovative designs in order to create unique products.
After having studied advanced ceramic production techniques from Tohen of Koimari at Akita porcelain founder Yi Sam-Pyeong’s house, Riso Ceramics established Heisei Koimari, continuously striving to develop new products that meet the demands of modern times. Riso Ceramics has not only inherited the techniques of traditional porcelain production, but also integrates cutting-edge technologies into those production processes.
224porcelain is a new porcelain brand produced by Hizen Yoshida Pottery in Ureshino City, Saga Prefecture, a region well known for its tea and hot springs. Using techniques and tools developed over a long history of pottery production both in the Ureshino region and neighboring Arita City, they provide innovative products that enrich our daily lives.
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|Event Name||ARITA 400project exhibition at TOKYO -Tradition and Revelution-|
|Venue||Mori Arts Center Gallery (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F)|
|Dates||October 5, 2016 – October 11, 2016|
|Open Hours||10:00 – 20:00
Last admission until 19:30
|Address||Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 6-11-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tōkyō|