Chōsen Karatsu 朝鮮唐津
Karatsu-yaki is a style of pottery produced in and around Karatsu, Saga prefecture. Chōsen Karatsu, literally “Korean Karatsu”, is a particular type of Karatsu-yaki that is said to have been brought over from the Joseon dynasty (1392-1897), and typically features a black iron glaze on the bottom of the object with a cascade of milky white ash glaze over the top. The two glazes melt into one another to create a striking contrast. Karatsu, which can be translated as “port to China”, was a hub for international trade since ancient times and when Karatsu-yaki became treasured as tea vessels in the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1600) it established itself as a leading centre for pottery production.