Akahada Pottery is produced atMt,Akahada,Nara,of which soil is mostsuitable for pottery . Clay images werealready created there in the early 1st century, as recorded in theancient documents.
In the later 16th century, potter Yokuroof Tokoname,Owari.(the present Aichi Pref.) was invited there by ToyotomiHidenaga, Chief Councillor of State,and begon to make the pottery. Later, craftsman Nonomura Ninsei come fromKyoto and exerted his ingenuity to produce fine pottery. The feudal lords of the Koriyama clon ofyamato(the present Nara Pref.) also contributed to protect the ceramic industryto promote the folk craft, and the fame of Akahada Pottery was greatlyenhanced. In fact, Akahada was one ofthe seven famous potteries favored by Kobori Enshu, master of the tea ceremonyin the 17th century.
The craftsman Kashiwaya Buhyoe and potterYamaguchi Nuizou were two outstanding figures of Akahada Pottery in the 19thcentury. Buhoe produced different finework with Akahada clay. Highlyappreciated was his simple manner by which milk-white glazed Nara doils,incense cases, ornaments, etc . were created. To them belongs the credit of completing the foundation of the presentAkahada Pottery based on the traditional manner.
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