Iwahana-do kiln, colored plate with round patterns

The body of this work was made by Fujioka Iwahana-do kiln in Kanazawa、 using the kiln inherited from the Ishikawa Prefectural Laboratory and the technique of making the body. This kiln sold pure white and smoothly finished body and also overpainted on the body.

size : diameter about13.2cm  height about 2.4cm

Colorful round patterns in five paints are drawn on the smooth surface, so the white body and the colored paintings are standing out. This kiln also produced aka-kutani (red kutani), so this kiln was unique in Kanazawa kutani.

This work has some points that show that Iwahana-do kiln received a good reputation in the making of the body. The edge of plate is turned over by 3 mm, and long dents are regularly carved diagonally, so these plates are elaborately molded. It is believed that this molding was possible because Matsuda Yohachiro introduced the plaster mold usage to the Ishikawa Prefectural Laboratory, and after passed on the usage to this kiln.

The back name also has its own features. “fuke in double square” (二重角福) is written as the back name, and “kinjo Iwahana-zo” (金城岩花造) is written on the back of the lid of the wooden box, along with the stamp of “kinjo Iwahana”. The back name and also five colored paintings seems to mean that the kiln wished to express its longing for ko kutani (古九谷) made in the early Edo period. It was another feature of Meiji kutani. Other back names include “Made by Kutani Iwaka-do” or “Made by kinjo Iwahana-do” in aka-kutani.

creator of the work

Fujioka Iwahana- do kiln


In 1880 Fujioka Iwahana-do kiln was opened by Fujioka Sotojiro who inherited the body kiln and pottery technology from the Ishikawa Prefectural Laboratory. After that, the kiln became a kiln for producing white porcelain, colored porcelain and red painting with gold.

In this kiln, Matsuda Yohachiro, a potter, was engaged in making body until 1883, and also Wazawa Ganzan until 1893, so this kiln manufactured a high quality body. And Kotera Chinzan was engaged as a director of painting factory, and Sasada Yuzan, Shimizu Seikan, Tomoda Yasukiyo, Akiyama Komajiro and other master craftsmen were engaged, so this kiln made gorgeous excellent works.


reference No. 1807171
date of exhibition 2019.9.24
price J-yen5300
remarks tomo-bako