It's a bookmarker, but it's versatile!
This gorgeous bookmarker is made of white porcelain and gold.
The simple shape allows it to be used in a variety of ways, such as for a book you are reading, a diary, a notebook, a japanese hairpin, an obi ornamental, and so on.
It is the perfect gift for that bookworm or someone who looks good in a kimono.
The intricate and stylish design looks great.
|Country of origin||Saga, Japan|
|Material||Porcelain clay, Metal|
|Size||W1.18 * D0.39 * H3.35 in. (W3 * D1 * H8.5 cm)|
|Note||Metal parts should be cleaned with a metal cloth for long-lasting shine.|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 1-2 weeks)|
We want people to feel close to traditional crafts.
- ARITA Yaki
- Miho Nakamura
Enchanted by the beauty of white porcelain
6.kiln (Roku kiln) is an accessory brand of ARITA Yaki, born from Seiroku kiln in Arita, Saga Prefecture.
Seiroku kiln is an ARITA Yaki pottery established by Seiroku Nakamura in 1966, and has continued to pursue the curvaceous beauty of white porcelain.
Seiroku was sometimes called "the god of rokuro" for his single-minded pursuit of rokuro.
He is the holder of Saga Prefecture's Important Intangible Cultural Property of Ceramic White Porcelain, and has produced pottery in the presence of the Emperor Showa and presented it to the Emperor many times.
Currently, his eldest daughter, Emiko, and grandson, Seigo, have succeeded him, producing elegant and graceful porcelain.
They have produced a set of tableware for dishes served on the JR Kyushu cruise train "Nanatsuboshi in Kyushu".
I, Miho Nakamura, studied ceramics at university.
After marrying into the Seiroku kiln, I helped the kiln while raising my children.
With the excitement I felt when I first encountered white porcelain, I started making accessories in 2019, hoping to bring the charm of traditional crafts closer to you.
Breathing new life into fine clay and traditional techniques
Utilizing the high quality white porcelain of the Seiroku kiln, we create unique accessories that are sharp yet warm.
While classic and relaxing, we also value an exciting and fun atmosphere with an innovative playful spirit.
We are particular about the design and quality of our products because they are made at the kiln of ARITA Yaki which has a long history.
Knowledge of the metal fittings to be embedded is also necessary to create a sense of unity.
Since earrings and pierced earrings are directly worn on the skin, we took great care to use surgical stainless steel and silicon for medical use.
Our greatest strength is that each piece is handmade from start to finish.
Our accessories are simple and can be used in a variety of styles, both formal and casual.
Combination of tradition and fashion
The white porcelain of the Seiroku kiln is pure white and beautiful, and I had a hunch that if I wore it, it would make me shine charmingly, so I made it into an accessory.
Then, a simple but dignified and graceful design was created.
It is suitable for people of all ages and both genders, making it a perfect gift for someone special.
Blue earrings are also available.
It is made using a technique of hand-engraving with a needle on top of dyeing without drafting.
We hope you will enjoy these small but strong accessories, which are unique to pottery.
2007 Awarded a prize at Fukuoka City Art Exhibition
2007 Awarded a prize at Fukuoka Prefecture Art Exhibition
2019 Saga Art Association Exhibition, Bikyo Prize
2019 Grand Prize, Saga Prefecture Art Exhibition
2020 Saga Prefecture Art Culture Encouragement Prize
2020 Saga Newspaper Cultural Award, Encouragement Prize
How Japanese Products Can Be Such High Quality
The Reason Japan Can Produce So Many High-Quality Products
To put it simply, it’s because they found a way to produce exceptional products with high efficiency, resulting in surprisingly low prices.
The Japanese Drive for Perfection
The Japanese always seek perfection in both the production process and the products themselves.
As such, the Japanese production process aims to eliminate waste and inefficiencies while guaranteeing quality by having craftspeople inspect their own products and constantly strive to make improvements.
Ingenuity Stemming from the Spirit of “Omotenashi” and “Kikubari”
The Japanese excel at creating and improving things because of their devotion to the ideas of hospitality and attentiveness, known as “omotenashi” and “kikubari” respectively. These ideas push them to uncover, predict, and fulfill their customers’ every need.
This earnestness, as well as how they spare no effort when it comes to offering their customers the very best, is reflected in the products Japan produces.
Trustworthy Suppliers That Deliver On All Fronts
One product is often the result of various organizations joining forces and combining their skills and capabilities.
Japanese suppliers are known for their dedication to delivering high-quality materials, parts, and products on schedule, and it’s thanks to their efforts that Japan can produce such high-quality goods.
The Japanese Are the World’s Most Discerning and Demanding Customers
Many Japanese people have traveled and experienced shopping around the world. This has given them a much more discerning eye for judging the quality of products.
The standards of Japanese people are very high. They are finely tuned not just to the quality, safety, design, and novelty of products, but also to their visual appearance such as their packaging and wrapping.
Made-in-Japan products keep improving in quality in order to meet the rigorous standards of their domestic clientele.
Japan Is Home to Many Long-Established Companies
According to an international survey, Japan has the highest number of companies that have been established over a century ago. In fact, the grand total of 33,076 of such Japanese companies accounts for 41.3% of the total worldwide number of 80,066. The US takes second place with 19,497 companies (24.4%) and Sweden comes in third with 13,997 (17.5%).
Japan also has the highest number of companies that are more than two centuries old, being home to 1,340 such companies, which account for 65.0% of the global total of 2,051. The US takes second place with 239 companies (11.6%), Germany comes in third with 201 (9.8%), and the UK places fourth with 83 (4.0%).
So, Japan is able to produce so many high-quality goods because it’s home to the highest number of long-established companies that have been passing down their knowledge and technical prowess through the generations.
*Source: Based on data from Teikoku Databank and Bureau Van Dijk’s orbis (as of October 2019).
What Makes Traditional Japanese Crafts High Quality
Traditional crafts are the amalgamation of Japanese culture.
“Traditional crafts” is the general term used for crafts that are produced using processes and techniques that have been passed down through generations. In Japan, this includes textiles, dyed goods, ceramics, lacquerware, woodwork, washi Japanese paper, dolls, items for Buddhist rituals, and other goods that enrich our everyday lives.
Traditional crafts are associated with the concept of “the beauty of use”, which refers to products and skills that become easier to use and approach perfection the longer they come into contact with people.
Currently, it is believed that there are approximately 1,300 different types of traditional crafts in Japan.
Among these, 236 crafts have been officially designated as “traditional Japanese crafts” by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (as of January 2021).
The main criteria for being recognized as a traditional Japanese craft:
Key Parts of the Production Process Must Be Done by Hand
Traditional Japanese crafts do not have to be entirely handmade, but the underlying process that brings out the product’s unique and distinctive characteristics, such as their quality, form, and design, must be handcrafted.
This guarantees that every traditional Japanese craft is, at its core, a product of human hands, meaning that its size and shape have been designed with human comfort in mind. It also makes the crafts much safer.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
The Japanese believe that a technique or a skill can only be considered reliable and complete after it’s been refined through trial and error and constant improvements by numerous craftspeople over a period of at least 100 years.
Skills are closely related to the capability of each craftsperson and precision, and they are something that an individual can refine. Techniques, on the other hand, are associated with the historical accumulation of knowledge, including everything from the selection of raw materials to the production process.
All this said, modern craftspeople don’t just mimic the techniques of the past. Rather, they’re continuously coming up with improvements and developing new ways of doing things without fundamentally changing what makes traditional Japanese crafts unique.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
As we can see, the secret to the high quality of made-in-Japan products is the drive of Japanese people for perfection, the adherence to their unique philosophy of hospitality, and their discerning eye that can’t be matched.
Traditional Japanese crafts are one level above normal made-in-Japan products, as they must also meet rigorous criteria such as being handcrafted or made using skills and techniques that have been passed down for at least a century.
Thanks to all of the above, Japanese products have become famous for their high quality all over the world.