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臼杵焼は今から約200年前の江戸後期臼杵藩の御用窯として始められ、窯場のあった地名から末広焼や皿山焼とも呼ばれる。当時、島原(長崎)小石原(福岡)小峰(宮崎)から呼び寄せられた陶工4家族によって作陶が行われていたが、窯が開かれ10数年ほど栄えたのち衰退して一度は途絶えてしまった幻の焼き物である。
工房SARAYAMAでは、忘れ去られた臼杵の窯業文化を再度復興させるため残された僅かな資料をもとに新しく現代版臼杵焼を作る取り組みを続けている。多くの焼き物工房では磁器物を扱う工房、土物を扱う工房は別々であるがここでは両方の制作を同時進行で行っている。当時島原から来た陶工が作った磁器物には染付などものあるが白磁の形に輪花をあしらったものが多く、これを現代版臼杵焼の手掛かりとして型打の白磁輪花シリーズを制作している。小石原、小峰から来た陶工は地元の土を使った土物を制作していたが現在、当時の窯跡が残る末広地区にある瓦工場が保有する瓦粘土を器物にも使えるように精製して使用している。この粘土は、鉄分を極めて多く含む赤土で精製度合いを意図的に甘くすることによって自然の風合いと独
特の手触りを残す事を特徴とする。
臼杵焼では「器は料理の額縁である」という考えに基づき、この場所にある自然の形、天然の素材を抽出して作る器たちは臼杵の豊かな海や山から取れる食材、有機の農産物、古くから栄えた味噌、醤油、酒などの醸造品に裏付けされる伝統ある食文化を美しく引き立たせ、その文化を伝えること、またこの地の自然や意匠を焼き付けた器を他の場所に届け、その所の食卓に彩りを添えることを目指す
ものである。




Usukiyaki began life around 200 years ago in the later years of the Edo period.
Originally starting as a pottery managed by the government of the han (domain) of Usuki, it is also known as “Suehiroyaki” and “Sarayamayaki” after the location of the original workshop. Four families of potters were summoned to Usuki to create Usukiyaki, from Shimabara (in Nagasaki), Koishiwara (in Fukuoka), and Komine (in Miyazaki). After around ten years of prosperity, however, the pottery went into
decline, and eventually ceased operations entirely.
Work is now underway here at Usukiyaki’s Sarayama workshop to breathe life once again into Usuki’s once-forgotten ceramic tradition, creating new, modern works based on the few historical records that remain from the pottery’s original incarnation.
Many pottery studios handle the production of porcelain and earthenware entirely separately from one another, but here in Usuki we create both types of ceramics together
in the same workshop.
Many of the creations of the craftsmen who originally came to Usuki from Shimabara consisted of dyed blue and white porcelain, but they also produced a number of works
with a round, flower-like shape; we have taken inspiration from these works in particular for our white porcelain flower series called ‘rinca’.The craftsmen who came from Koishiwara and Komine made their earthenware out of earth from their home regions,
but today we utilize purified kawara (tiling) clay from the roof tile workshop that stands at the site of the original pottery in the Suehiro district of Usuki. The gentle purification
process we use on this iron-rich red clay gives it a distinct and unique natural appearance and texture.
Usukiyaki is created around the concept that “a dish is a frame for the food that is served on it. ” Our ceramics, inspired by natural forms and materials, are created with the aim of bringing out the beauty of Usuki’s traditional culinary culture: ingredients harvested from our rich ocean and mountains, organic crops, and our long-standing miso, soy sauce, and sake industries to name a few examples. It is this culinary culture, along with the natural beauty and creative spirit of the Usuki region, that we hope to bring to the dinner tables of people around the world through our creations.