Tokoname glazes

There are a few glazes that every Tokoname bonsai potter needs to have in his production if he is going to get orders from the wholesellers, and reach the japanese market. To be repeatable most of them are plain, without any mixing and not to many effects. ”what you see in the catalogue is what you get”.

Beeing featured in The Tokoname catalogue, from wich most wholesale orders are made, is a must for a bonsai potter in Tokoname.

The Shuuhou page in the annual Tokoname catalogue.

Some potters take commisions from visitors who come to the studio, but his main source of income is from the large bulk orders he gets from wholesellers. But at every potters studio there is shelves with more experimental stuff he makes on the side. If a potter in Tokoname/Japan gets famous, is often for his take of a well known glaze.

Here are some of the standard bonsai glazes, Shuuhou version.

Namako - striped glaze (appears in several versions)

Oribe - green

Shiro - white and cream glaze

Kiiro - yellow glaze

Shinsha - copper red glaze

Kinyou - milky blue

Ruri - Azur & Cobalt blue

Celadon - Crackled transparent green

Tenmoku - dark brown with copper effect

Applying the glaze

Every potter has his or hers way of applying glaze, but basically you can brush it on, spray it, or dip the whole piece. Some prefer to apply it when the pot is unfired/green/raw some after its bisque fired.