Shigaraki ware is a hot topic in dramas! What kind of pottery?

August 11, 2020

ドラマでも話題の信楽焼!どんな焼き物?

table of contents

  1. What is "Shigaraki ware"?
  2. Shigaraki history
  3. Characteristics of Shigaraki ware
  4. From tiles to raccoon figurines! Shigaraki ware popularity
  5. The topic is also scarlet. Modern Shigaraki ware
  6. Finally

Shigaraki ware is a hot topic in the serial drama "Scarlett".
What kind of pottery is Shigaraki ware that has produced many things such as famous Shigaraki raccoon dogs and flowerpots as well as vessels?
This time, we will introduce the characteristics of Shigaraki ware, the reason for its popularity, and the history up to the present.

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| What is "Shigaraki ware"?

・Shigaraki ware, one of the six old kilns in Japan

Shigaraki ware is a pottery made around Shigaraki Town, Koga City, Shiga Prefecture, and is one of Japan's six ancient kilns.
It was designated as a national traditional craft in 1976.
A pottery made from soil from Lake Biwa, with a rough texture and warm earthy look.
It is used not only in vessels but also in everyday items.
"Shigaraki tanuki," a famous figurine of a raccoon dog, became known nationwide when the Emperor Showa visited the Shigaraki raccoon lining up and attracted attention.
Shigaraki is now called "Shigaraki, the town of pottery", and events related to pottery such as the Shigaraki Pottery Festival are held every year.




| History of Shigaraki ware

・From arts to daily necessities

Although it is not clearly known, Shigaraki ware is said to have started when the Emperor Shomu made Shigaraku Shrine during the Tenpyo period, and started the tiles, and it has a tradition of about 1250.
Water bottles were made in the middle of the Kamakura period, and vases and mortars were mainly made at the end of the Muromachi period.
The Azuchi-Momoyama era when the tea ceremony was popular.
The simple Shigaraki ware that makes use of the taste of the earth has attracted attention because it is familiar with the spirituality of wabi-cha, and many pottery “tea ware” used in tea ceremony are now being made.
In the Edo period, it moved from anana kiln to a climbing kiln, and large-scale production of various daily necessities such as miso jars, sake bottles, earthen pots, and tea jars flourished, and it developed commercially.
Shigaraki ware has made great progress as a production center for pottery that makes household appliances.
In particular, the tea jar is the mainstream product, and we are also involved in the Koshihiro tea jar that packs tea for the Tokugawa shogunate.
From the Meiji era to the Taisho era, many braziers used at home were made, and good quality Shigaraki ware braziers accounted for 80% of domestic sales.
Entering the Showa era, the production of pots used for construction such as flower pots, tiles, umbrella stands, and garden pottery for use in the foliage plants that were popular at the time began, and it is also used for the roof of the National Diet Building.
Also, the "Black Sun" of the "Tower of the Sun" by artist Taro Okamoto, which was created for the 1970 Japan World Exposition, is a work created by utilizing Shigaraki ware technology, and is not limited to daily life items. Nonetheless, the work of art is born from Shigaraki ware.
Now that technology has advanced, it has come to be used everywhere, including large bathtubs and washbasins in accommodation facilities.



| Features of Shigaraki ware

・Using the soil of Lake Biwa

In Shigaraki ware, the soil from the Kobiwako layer deposited on the bottom of Lake Biwa is used as clay. This soil is about 4 million years old.
Coarse-grained soil can withstand very high temperatures.
Furthermore, by mixing raw materials with various properties such as kibushi, real soil, and frog eyes, soil with excellent durability and moisture retention is created, making it possible to make thick and large pottery.
Depending on the firing temperature and firing method, the soil changes to a faint red color, and a reddish-brown fire color called scarlet appears. This is the warm color of Shigaraki ware.
The bottom of the pottery is buried in the ashes accumulated by the burning firewood, and the charcoal that develops a dark brown color and the change due to the glaze make the pottery with a soft texture.
Such a phenomenon is very quaint and is a very pleasing look on tea porcelain.
The natural glaze "Vidro glaze", which reacts with ash and soil to vitrify, has the colors of pale yellow, green, and dark brown, which is one of the characteristics of Shigaraki ware.
The glaze "Kai Rat Glaze" made in Shigaraki in the early Meiji era is often used for Shigaraki ware braziers, which are said to have high quality.




| From tiles to raccoon figurines! Shigaraki ware popularity

・Create anything that can be shaped

The texture of the soil used in Shigaraki ware has a simple and warm look, but it is a relatively easy-to-use soil, so it can be made in various shapes and sizes.
Not only pottery but also large pottery, small items such as earthenware pots, Shinto Buddhist utensils, and green tea ware, patterns such as raccoon figurines, tiles and flowerpots, etc. have come to the side of people's lives to date, and a wide variety of pottery has been created.
Shigaraki ware is popular with many people due to the spirit of "making anything that can be shaped", the unique texture of Shigaraki ware, and the further developing technology.


| A topic in Scarlett. Modern Shigaraki ware

・More expressions are possible

Shigaraki ware has come to be widely used in interiors and homes in line with the times.
At the same time, pottery and other tableware are creating new expressions of pottery.
All of these are fashionable pottery that incorporates modern elements, utilizing the techniques and traditions of Shigaraki ware.


A cute dot pattern and a cup full of warmth with the natural texture of the soil.


A deep blue color that looks like a long time. The usual tea time is a luxurious time.


It has a graceful black color like rust, but its gentleness reminiscent of a flower is quietly attractive.


A pottery with a beautiful delicate color. Cups and drinks from the same series are also cool and perfect for summer.


Works that are simple and feel the texture of the soil. I want to use it for a relaxing time!


The rough texture and slightly unique shape are wonderful. The modern atmosphere goes well with modern dining tables.

| Finally

How was it.
Shigaraki ware that continues to produce everything, not just a tableware on the table.
However, each is a pottery that feels somewhat warm.
You will surely find a special vessel that will heal you.

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