Old kiln of Okinawa

Old kiln of OkinawaOld kiln of Okinawa

According to history books and legends, pottery was baked at some kiln sites in Okinawa from 15 to 16th century.
Kina-Chibana kilnKina-Chibana kiln

At the beginning of the 15th century, Nanban-yaki technique prospered with the introduction of Awamori production technique, and kilns were made in Chibana (Okinawa City) and Kina (Yomitan). They were strongly influenced by Southeast Asia.

Wakuta kiln

Wakuta kiln

In 1616, Wakuta-yaki started under the guidance of Korean potters such as ICHIROKU. Glazing characterizes the Wakuta style, found in such representative works as ash-glazed bowls.

Takaraguchi kiln

HIRATA Tenstu learned aka-e technique in China, and built a kiln at present Shuri (Naha City).

Tsuboya kilnTechniques of Kina/Chibana were used for Ara-yachi vasesTsuboya kiln

Techniques of Kina/Chibana were used for Ara-yachi vases and jars, and techniques of Satsuma as well as Wakuta and Takaraguchi were succeeded to glaze and aka-e of Jo-yachi.
Kogachi kilnKogachi kiln

Baked until the beginning of 19th century at Nago City. Characterized by the use of amber or black glaze.
 Saba kiln

The kiln was probably located at Janagusuku, Ogimi but not known exactly. Vases,pots and sake bottles are excavated.
Yaeyama kilnYaeyama kiln

In the 18th century, NAKANDAKARI Chigen instructed pottery production technique to Yaeyama. The technique used at present has Western taste.