18/12/2020 - 10/01/2021
Curated by Yves Lee
A Journey to understand its history.
Located next to well-known pottery town Arita in Saga Prefecture, Hasami is another famous pottery town within Nagasaki Prefecture. Hasami-yaki (Hasami pottery) is mass produced by division of labour, made out of clay from Amakusa peninsula in Kumamoto prefecture. Within the industry in Hasami, generations of people are employed, some craftsmen specialises in producing plaster moulds, and others in greenware where Hasami-yaki are fired in professional gas kilns.
Wandering around Hasami, one will encounter common scenarios around town; the smell of soil, old chimneys and semi-finished pottery. In recent years, Hasami-yaki has collaborated with multiple design shops and designers aiming to expand its outstanding and functional modern designs for younger consumers.
Began during the Edo period (1603 - 1867), Hasami-yaki started with glazed ceramics then followed by mass producing blue-and-white ceramics. Their production was almost the highest in Japan in the late Edo years. Despite the fact that it has over 400 years of history, Hasami-yaki has only become more widely known in the last two decades. Since 2000, Hasami-yaki had to face the issue of being falsely labeled as Arita-yaki (Arita pottery). In order for us to enjoy the current Hasami-yaki that consists of both their traditional techniques and modern designs, kiln factories, workshops and the local government have been collaborating in order to relaunch Hasami-yaki to the world.
Pottery from Arita, Shigaraki and Mino are well-known for their own characteristics, whereas Hasami-yaki are known for being typical. In reality, Hasami-yaki produced now is being created with many modern and creative ideas, integration of retro and contemporary.
Hasami-yaki is famous for its Kurawanka bowl, Konpura bottle and Warenikka tableware. Ceramics were expensive during the Edo period, but Kurawana bowls were sold to the public at an affordable price. Alas, the origin to its name was because Kurawana bowls were mainly used as rice tea bowls or rice wine tea bowls. Konpura bottles were produced from the late Edo period for the Dutch to export alcohol and soy sauce overseas. In 1878, Warenikka tableware were produced for school use, it is well known for its durability. Even now, many schools and hospitals are still making use of these durable ceramics ware. As the third largest tableware site in Japan, currently Hasami is also the largest kiln production site within the Nagasaki Prefecture.
After decades of hard work, Hasami is now widely known as a famous pottery and ceramics production site. As designers collaborates with Hasami-yaki to explore new designs, they began to receive an increasing number of orders from abroad. Hasami-yaki has experienced generation of changes, allowing its user to experience its underlying value in being ‘ever changing’.
Many people visit Hasami in order to experience 400 years worth of history and culture. Aiming to support Hasami-yaki and Hasami tourism, local hostels, cafes, restaurants and workshops have prepared all kinds of experiences for their travellers to fulfil their intercultural adventure.
Visit Hasami as your next travel destination! You will experience a town where its environment is immersed in pottery and ceramics, there you will be charmed by its culture, environment and most importantly its history in ceramics.
A piece is Hasami-yaki is enough to enlighten your table for all occasions.
在波佐見燒中有名的是飯茶碗（Kurawanka碗）“、“掮客瓶 (Konpura 瓶)”和食器Warenikka。江戸時代製造的飯茶碗是在叫賣<餅飯茶碗、酒飯茶碗>的同時售賣,這正是名稱的由來。當時，磁器被認定是高價品，飯茶碗設計簡樸，以庶民能負擔的價格出售，成為令磁器推廣至一般市民的機緣。波佐見現在也是長崎縣最大的窰業產地，日用和食器的出貨額堪稱全國第三位。掮客瓶是幕末時代，由荷蘭人用作醬油容器向波佐見職人訂製而開始，為酒和醬油輸出海外而製造。食器Warenikka是在1878年，作為供學校給食使用，不易破裂的食器而誕生，也被稱為是強化磁器之本。到現在，即使是全國各地學校與病院也逐漸被使用。