What is Shodai-yaki?
Shodai-yaki is pottery representing Kyushu that has been made at the base of Mt. Shodaisan located in the north of Kumamoto Prefecture for about 400 years ago.
Visiting the workshop
The simple and strong style of tea bowls or ”chato” were loved by many tea ceremony masters. It is said that most of Higo-mono (chato produced in Higo) that appear in the records of tea ceremonies since 1625, such as Matsuya Kaiki, refer to Shodai-yaki. Now, Shodai-yaki is widely used as daily pottery. The deep beauty of glaze and the free drawn Nagashi-kake pattern are a good match with the shape, creating a simple taste.
- Shodai Mizuho-gama
- 914 Shoyama, Kamihirayama, Arao-shi, Kumamoto