Hachinohe-yaki

Hachinohe-yaki
Hachinohe-yaki is traditional pottery that used to be made at kilns in the mountain of Kanizawa in Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture. until the end of Edo-era (the late 19th century). Hachinohe-yaki was very popular as pottery for commoners. However, it had fallen into disuse with the times and in the Showa-era all the kilns were deserted. At present the tradition is carried on at Shozan Kiln, which was opened by Watanabe Shozan in 1975. Shozan, who was born as a potter’s son in Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture happened to know the existence of Hachinohe-yaki. He had been fascinated and devoted himself to studying it until finally he opened Hachinohe-yaki kiln “Watanabe Pottery Workshop” and, through trial and error, redeveloped this traditional pottery in his own way. Now his son Watanabe Masaki continues to carry on the tradition. Hachinohe Ware was designated a prefectural Traditional Craft Product.