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Tokko Kiln Co., Ltd

徳幸窯

With the impressive look of a long and narrow workshop, Tokko Kiln, Co.,Ltd can be found along a river in Arita town. At the time of the establishment in 1865, the pottery had been producing mainly charcoal brazier and other large-sized porcelain. During the post war period, they focused on tableware for fine Japanese cuisine. Subsequently, by introducing a novel technique, they were the first to start producing high volumes of square-shaped porcelain in Arita area and actively developed the market of tableware for professional-use. Later, during the period of high economic growth (1960s), they produced tableware for celebratory occasions with elegant and colourful decoration by using transfer printing technique. With these different approaches to respond to different eras, the company has continued to grow. Currently, the fifth generation of the family, Mr. Hiroyuki Tokunaga serves as the president while his younger brother Mr. Eijiro Tokunaga is in charge of the production working as a turner of pottery. Having experienced pottery making in Kyoto, he produces earthenware which is unusual in Arita as the area produces mainly porcelain. Tokko Kiln is a company which maintains the tradition of transfer printing technique and at the same time progressive by extending its range of expression to earthenware or over glazed decoration. They participated in exhibitions overseas with other potteries from Arita and are working on the creation of the best tableware for different styles of cuisine, such as French and Italian, besides Japanese.

川沿いにある、細長い形をした工房が印象的な徳幸窯。慶応元年(1865年)の創業当時は、火鉢を中心とした大物磁器の製造を行なっていた。戦後、有田ではいち早く割烹料理向けの食器に着目。新たな技術の導入により有田で初めて角型の磁器の量産に着手し、業務用食器の市場を積極的に開拓した。後の高度経済成長期には、ハレの日の料理を演出する、雅で色鮮やかな転写技法を取り入れた器作りを行うなど、時代性に応じながら成長し続けてきた。現在は、5代目の徳永弘幸さんが社長を務め、弟の榮二郎さんが、ロクロ師として、製造面を担っている。榮二郎さんは、京都で修行をした経歴があり、磁器が中心の有田では異彩の土ものの製造も手がける。徳幸窯伝統の転写技術を守りながらも、上絵付けや陶器など表現の幅を広げており、有田の複数の窯元と共に、海外への展示会にも積極的に参加。和食だけでなく、フレンチやイタリアンなど様々な国の料理のための最適な器作りに取り組んでいる。

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