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"History of Japanese Pottery and Porcelain", devoted to the study
and appreciation of pottery and porcelain and its related art forms.
Introduction of porcelain
In the early 17th century potters succeeded in firing the first soft paste
porcelain after the discovery of suitable raw materials in Arita. Within
just 30 years, the production of blue-white porcelain was flourishing.
Between 1643-1647, Sakaida Kaiemon developed the technique of polychrome
over glaze enamel for porcelain. This porcelain with polychrome painting
was appearing in various styles, such as ko-imari, with its sumptuous brocade
style. In accordance with the changing wishes of the aristocracy to have
an elaborately equipped tea ceremony, as well as the requirements of the
urban elites for high-quality domestic wares, an innovation followed in
Kyoto in the mid 17 century in the form of overglaze-decorated stoneware
by Nonomura Ninsei and Ogata Kenzan. With their decorative styles, both
artists and their pupils influenced the development of ceramics far beyond
the bounds of Kyoto. Many potters from provinces were sent by their feudal
loads or by rich merchants to be trained in Kyoto, or the Kyoto masters
were invited to the provinces.