Wabi-sabi and tea ceremony pottery fans should be familiar with Karatsu ware.  It is one of the 3 most famous and beloved wabi / rustic tea wares in Japan.   The origin of Karatsu ware is unclear, but in 16th century, Korean potters set their base in Karatsu and has forever set the style and methods of Karatsu ware. 


Karatsu is known as a rustic stoneware, with beautiful abstract landscapes from the glazes or iron oxide brush strokes and the red clay setiments.  It is collected by many tea ceremony practitioners and patrons. 


One of the unmistakable characteristics of karatsu ware is the grey ash glaze. Another iconic feature is the circular mound at the center of the base, which artisans intentionally create when trimming the footing. 


Mr. Koga acquired this piece because he liked the warp that makes it asymmetrical (unknown if it is from firing or if it's the artistic touch of the maker).  He repaired the chipped portion with a urushi lacquer method call NASHIJI ("pear-texture").



There are many different methods and styles in ceramics repair.  Urushi artist and Maki-e Masters leverage the characteristics of different types of lacquer and metal powder to create a variety of effects.  On this karatus plate, a method named NASHIJI PAINTING was implemented.   After repairing and prepping the chipped surface with lacquer, tin powder was applied followed by multiple layers of Nashiji lacquer, which is creating a warm-tinted clear coating over the tin powder.  The tin powder appears to look gold as a result.  NASHIJI method creates a unique twinkling effect with depth (due to refraction) but is smooth to touch.   The finishing touch is the gold maki-e fine outline around the parameter of the repair. 



To show our respect to this rare craft and wabisabi, we only showcase works repaired with authentic method done in Japan. 

  • we do not break new pottery and repair it to create inventory.  Each piece comes with history and story.
  • we do not forge imperfection. All blemishes, imperfection you see is of the vessel's original state from the maker or from aging. 


Peer through fancy packaging and romanticized philosophy about Kinstugi.  Be educated from the resource represented by Japan artisans to truly appreciate this craft.



Yoichi Koga is a multi-faceted artist with over a decade of experience in kintsugi and lacquer art.  He does commission kintsugi work for sushi restaurants to repair their expensive antique serving plates.  Mr. Koga is extremely passionate about collecting interesting antique ceramics.  In Japan, most artisan accepts kintsugi commission to help owners to repair memorable ceramics, Mr. Koga finds pleasure in kintsugi because of the pottery's history.  When we discuss about doing a kintsugi gallery here, he had a hard time parting with some of his work that he collected over the years! :-)


** The identification of pottery is an estimation based on style, characteristics, stamps or signature, and coloration/discoloration. We do not provide appraisal or authentication of origin.  Authenticity described above is on kintsugi repair work, all done by Mr. Koga.  


*** We do not offer exchange or refund on Kintsugi items. 



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Karatsu small plate with NASHIJI MAKI-E repair

$100.00 Regular Price
$87.00Sale Price
  • Irregular shape
    Diameter 125 mm.  Height 35mm

    Diameter 4.9".   Height 1.38"


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