Tradition and creativity -- Leaping into the Future with Inherited Skill
The Akazuyaki industry with all of the warmth of history consists mainly of domestic factories.
Most of the techniques have been transmitted by word of mouth and swaythed in secrecy,
such as is the case with "Chikura-koshi",
a method of making the glaze typical of Akazuyaki from Chikura stone.
The craftwork was restored by Shuntai Kato,
and now, it is making the greatest leap ever in its history.
Basic techniques and skill are being recorded and stored not as individual properties but as the industry's common assets.
Each craftsman is devoting his originality,
creativity and effort to Akazuyaki.
Under the leadership of Akazuyaki Industry Cooperative,
the industry is taking action in securing raw materials,
training successors, and securing and expanding the market.
- Materials traditionally used
- Clay: "Motoyama kibushi clay", "Akazu gairome clay", "Akazu hill earth", or other clay of similar quality
- Feldspar used as glaze: "Chikura" or other materials of similar quality
- Manufacturing districts
- Seto City
- Date when designated as a traditional craft
- March 30, 1977
- Numbers of business establishments and workers
- 41 establishments and 126 workers
- Major products
- Tea ceremonial goods, flower vases, liquor cups, and tableware for Japanese-style restaurants
Arimatsu Narumi Shibori / Tokonameyaki / Nagoya Butsudan
Mikawa Butsudan / Toyohashi Writing Brushes / Akazuyaki
Okazaki Stonemasonary / Nagoya Kiritansu / Nagoya Yuzen
Nagoya Kuromontsuki-zome / Owarishippo / Seto Sometsukeyaki