How do you identify Kutani ware?

Marking is getting more simple, However we almost always get also at the minimum the Kutani mark – 九谷 -. This mark is often combined with – 日本 – Nihon (Japan). Ceramics are also always identified with a Kutani mark – 九谷 – . The mark is also often combined with – 日本 – Nihon (Japan).

What is a Nippon mark?

Nippon basically means “made in Japan.” When you see a “Nippon” mark on the underside of a base of a piece of ceramic, you know that you have a piece that was made in Japan.

How do I know if my Japanese vase is valuable?

Look for a mark on the bottom of the vase. Marks may reflect the name of the company that made the vase, as well as the name of its designer. When the vase has a company name and an artist’s name, it may be worth more than if it simply has a company name. Marks may be inked, painted or engraved into the bottom.

Are items marked Made in Japan valuable?

These pieces usually were marked “Made in Occupied Japan,” “Made in Japan” or simply “Japan.” The products–including souvenirs, lamps, dinnerware and toys–eventually became collectible. From what we’ve seen in dealer catalogues, however, their value is relatively low, with few items approaching the $50 level.

How do I know if my vase is worth anything?

Coarseness along the mold mark, crackling or bubbles in glass, asymmetry of shape and a strong luster or iridescence are a few telltale signs that your vase is the real deal instead of a reproduction or forgery.

Where is Kutani China made?

Kutani ware, Japanese porcelain made in Kaga province (now in Ishikawa prefecture). The name “Old Kutani” refers to porcelain decorated with heavily applied overglaze enamels and produced in the Kaga mountain village of Kutani.

What is Japanese porcelain?

Japanese ceramics refer to pottery crafts made of clay, as well as kaolinite-made porcelain wares, which appear whiter and finer with higher degrees of density and hardness. For this reason, Japanese ceramics are named according to their places of origin including Karatsu ware, Mino ware and Imari ware.

Where can I get Nakagama products in Calgary?

Nakagama’s offers, by pre-order, our complete line of products with drop-off delivery to the Calgary Nikkei Centre! With the kind permission of the CJCA (Calgary Japanese Community Association), Nakagamas has been bringing up a selection of products to the CJCA centre to various events.

Who are the most famous ceramic artists in Japan?

It is said that his mentors in ceramic art were Okuda Eisen, who taught him how to work porcelain, and Houzan Bunzou the 11th, who taught him how to work pottery, although it is also said that most of his knowledge was gained through self study. He set up shop in the Awata region of Kyoto.

How did Kimura kenkadou decide to become a ceramic artist?

When he visited Kimura Kenkadou of Osaka, he found among his book collection a book written by the Chinese Shuryuutei called “Guide to Ceramics”, which, it is said, inspired him to decide that ceramic art was his life’s calling.

When did Nakagama’s Japanese food and giftware start?

Ryutaro Nakagama started the business on 1st Avenue in 1947 serving mostly Japanese-Canadian citizens living in the surrounding area. Over time however, we have been privileged to serve an ever growing customer base and now serve many customers from different ethnicities, backgrounds, tastes and lifestyles.