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Kutani Ceramics

Kutani Ceramics

(Photo credit ©石川県観光連盟)

If you like painting ceramics, while visiting Kanazawa why not try ceramic painting in the Kutani-yaki style?

Dating back to the mid-1600’s when the Maeda Clan was developing what is now Ishikawa, they commissioned a project to develop a new ceramicware. The project resulted in the development of a ceramicware using an overglaze and only five colors: green, yellow, red, purple, and blue. This initial project failed for unknown reasons in 1730 but was revived in the 1800’s and has continued since that time.

Today, you can experience a Kutani-yaki pottery and painting sessions in several places around Kanazawa and get first-hand experience in a method of ceramic making and painting that’s over 350 years old!



  • Visit Yunokuni no Mori in the Awazu Onsen area of Komatsu City to experience Kutani-yaki pottery making and many other traditional crafts.
  • Keep in mind that it takes 2-3 weeks for your ceramic painting to be ready, but some shops will ship overseas for a larger fee.


Kutani-yaki shops/kilns around Kanazawa:


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