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A beautiful, traditional "Kutani ware" wine glass

Craft2016.04.01

A beautiful glass born from the combination of the traditional techniques of Kutani ware, which has a history of over 360 years, and European wine culture. Kutani ware features a vivid, beautiful pattern. The picture is drawn with lines in a blue color tinged with indigo and thickly painted with red, yellow, green, purple, and navy blue colors. With its great, picturesque patterns that use mountains & water as well as flowers & bird, it is also widely known as "Japan Kutani" in other countries.
This "Kutani wine glass" from "Karabuki Shouho" fuses together the techniques of Kutani ware and a wine glass.
This time, we'd like to introduce the history of Kutani ware which celebrates 360th anniversary this year and the "Kutani wine glass" of "Karabuki Shouho".

Kutani ware has evolved & developed along with history
From its origins, to the restoration period, the modern period & the present day


  • A typical Kokutani pattern

  • A typical Kutani ware pattern
    in the restoration period

Kutani ware is said to have begun in around 1655 and the products made around this time is called "Kokutani". Kokutani is more elegant than other colored porcelain made after the 17th century and its luxurious, gorgeous style was highly valued. Even at the time, it was a popular craft in Japan. However, production of such Kutani ware was discontinued in the first half of the Genroku era (1688 - 1704). As no documents clearly explaining the cause remain, the reason for this hasn't been proved yet.
After more than 110 years since "Kokutani" had been discontinued, Kutani ware was revived by the Kaga Domain.
In around 1800, Kaga Domain invited a literati painter from Kyoto, Mokubei Aoki, for the purposes of industrial development and helping unemployed people, and allowed him to establish a kiln in Kasugayama, Kanazawa. This led others to make new potteries one after another and Kutani ware was soon revived. It was also around this time that daily commodities started to be made. Also, each potter began to have its own characteristic styles and those styles have become the basis for present day Kutani ware.


  • Typical patterns of the modern period

  • Typical patterns of the present day

After 1868, Kutani ware also started to be actively exported to other countries. A prominent craftsman of the time, Shoza Kutani, was quick to adopt Western colors which had just started to be imported into Japan and established a colorful painting style called "Saishiki-kinrande". This became the main style of Kutani ware and spread throughout Japan. At the time, the government encouraged new industries and exportation, so a lot of products in what is called the "Shoza style" were displayed in exhibitions in Japan and other countries. These products became very popular among Western people and "Kutani-Yaki" became known as "Japan Kutani" worldwide. After 1926, products in very unique designs based on previously popular styles were created. After World War II, many artists were especially influenced by Western arts and some of them creatively regarded Kutani ware as an art. Now, many Kutani ware artists are based in Southern Kaga and are pursuing the original designs. The "Kutani wine glass" from "Karabuki Shouho" is one of these unique products.

An area that fuses together the tradition & popularity of Kanazawa
"Karabuki Shouho", producing Kutani ware at Nagamachi Samurai House

"Karabuki Shouho" is a pottery that has been producing Kutani ware since 1822.
It has a wide range of Kutani ware such as reasonably priced ones perfect for daily use, an artistic works hand-painted by famous artists, and even an older ones that exhibit aging beauty. It brings "exquisite, great Kutani ware" from Nagamachi Samurai House in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, to the world. It also has a Kutani ware shop, an exhibition that displays "Satogaeri Kutani" ware which were once exported to other countries and brought back to Japan, a tea room, and a restaurant with a view of their garden, all within a tasteful Japanese-style building. We'd like you to visit there if you have a chance to go to Kanazawa, Ishikawa. You can enjoy traditional Japanese culture and the history of Kutani ware.

An item that combines the function of a wine glass & the traditional beauty of Kutani ware

Among all the Kutani ware "Karabuki Shouho" produces, this "Kutani wine glass" is especially unique. This item has a glass bowl, where the wine is poured, while the stem and foot portion are Kutani ware. The bowl portion is in a rational, beautiful form designed in cooperation with a long-established global glassware shop, "Spiegelau". Also, the stem portion that lets you enjoy the beauty of Kutani ware has traditional patterns, modern designs, etc., hand-painted in an elegant, colorful manner. This wine glass that comes in 10 kinds of pattern is available in our website. The "Kutani wine glass" is recommended for use as your own glass for enjoying a relaxing time by yourself or a party with your favorite people, or as a special gift for someone who likes wine.

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