The Touan main store near Sennyuji Temple in Higashiyama, Kyoto
Pottery that has Operated for Four Generations
At present, Touan is run by its fourth generation owner.
The gorgeous colored glaze that characterizes Touan's works is formed by a new glaze that was researched and developed independently.
Today, this colored glaze has become an excellent innovation matched by none.
Also, the flower-centered pattern that is created with this glaze is underpinned by skill and touches the hearts of those who view it with a rich expressive power.
In recent years, Touan has received many praises for also creating interior decorations and other items that accurately match the needs of the market.
Production of Kiyomizu ware
Original High-Temperature Glazing Technique
To bring the color out of most vivid paints used for pottery, the method typically used involves applying glaze, drawing a pattern on the glost fired pottery with overglaze enamel, and then firing it at a low temperature of around 800°C (over glazed decoration).
However, for more than thirty years, Touan has been engaging in research and development by persisting with a technique that involves painting the clay of the pottery first, glazing it, and then firing it at a high temperature of 1200°C or higher (under glazed decoration).
Under glazed decoration is said to be a technique that makes it difficult to produce various colors as it entails high-temperature firing.
Nonetheless, by seeking combinations of pigments and glaze that develop vivid colors even at high temperatures, Touan has made it possible to express colors with a sense of transparency that is similar to glass-coating.
Touan's high-temperature glazing technique is a creation that we are confident is second to none.
We Hope You Enjoy the Brilliance of the Glaze
While inheriting the tradition of Kiyomizu ware and Kyo ware, we are constantly working on making technical innovations, and continue to create works that are distinct from other Kiyomizu ware and Kyo ware.
Please be sure to enjoy the brilliance of the glaze, while holding our works in your hands.