Porcelain clay was discovered South of Arita on Kyushu island in the 17th century. To this day, you can tell Japanese porcelain clay because it gives a slight blue grey tinge to the fired porcelain. This is why the blue and white pattern is not as stark as it could be and the geometric shoji pattern is softened by the off-white porcelain ground. Of all our styles, porcelain making and painting requires the most control and concentration, and Hashiguchi san is up at the crack of dawn with his perfectionist's eye. One of the greatest skills is getting the right amount of blue glaze on the brush to give a consistent finish - but not so consistent that you cannot see the brushstrokes and delibertae imperfections.

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