Kagoshima Arts & Crafts
Japan is well known for its rich cultural traditions and intricately detailed craft products. Kagoshima is no exception and having spent over a decade getting to know local musicians, artists, potters, kimono weavers, glass and lacquerware craftspeople, and a whole host of other creatives we are ready to help them tell their stories. Join us on a journey to meet the People of Kagoshima that pass on the traditional, create the modern, and find out what drives them to create the exquisite beauty of Japanese art and culture.
The history of Satsuma-ware begins with the Japanese invasions of Korea during the Bunroku and Keicho periods (1592–1598). The 17th head of the Shimadzu family, Yoshihiro, brought Korean potters back to Kagoshima and had them produce fine white Shiro Satsuma, and the more rustic earthen coloured Kuro Satsuma pottery.
Towards the end of the Edo period (1603–1868) Shimadzu Nariakira ordered kilns to be built at his residence Sengan-en, producing a new, highly decorated form of Satsuma-ware which was designed to appeal to Westerners, and ultimately become a product for export. Modern Satsuma-ware was displayed at the 1863 Paris World’s Fair and 1873 Vienna World’s Fair to critical acclaim and became an early influence on the Japonism movement in Europe.