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Ceramic or Porcelain

The Satsuma


Satsuma porcelain has been traced to 17th century Japan, taking its name from the southern province of Kyushu Island.  Interestingly enough, this type of pottery was actually developed by Korean potters.  You will hear Satsuma referred to alternatively as "pottery" and "porcelain" but it is actually somewhere in between.  This type of porcelain is produced at lower temperatures than porcelain but higher temperatures than you would typically use to make pottery.

Following Japan's invasion of Korea in the 17th century, the Prince of Satsuma brought potters from Korea, where they established a now famous killin for making pottery.  The ongoing patronage of the prince's family, the Shimazu family was the daimyos (feudal lords) at the time that resulted in the great popularity of Satsuma porcelain.

Production of Satsuma pottery is no longer limited to one area of Japan.  In fact, you will find three major yakis or killins, which includes a famous one in Kyoto.  Satsuma was and still is made from brown clay, and the pottery today retains the cream colored body and crackled gaze.  Many pieces include a trademark deep blue color, calls "Goso blue".  Experts share that you can tell where a particular piece of Satsuma pottery was made by certain characteristics.

 

Satsuma Budha Lights Holder

 

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