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Arita Genemon Kiln Workshop – Handmade Porcelain Created using Traditional Techniques

The quaint town of Arita, nestled in the scenic hills of Saga, has become a popular destination for foreign tourists in recent years. Arita attracts many visitors from neighbouring countries in Asia but also from as far away as Australia, Europe and North America. The purpose of their visit is, of course, to see the world renowned Arita ware.
The characteristic fine yet densely patterned porcelain has long attracted adoration from abroad.
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Did you know that these fine patterns are drawn entirely by hand?
Each and every craftsman dedicates much time and effort into crafting and painting each individual dish.

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Observe Gen-emon craftsmanship in the workshop

Over 260 years, Gen-emon kiln has passed down its traditional handmade porcelain-making techniques from generation to generation. The skill of the craftsmen and women to whom these techniques have been passed can be observed in the workshop, which is open to the public. The workshop itself was built 150 years ago. Stepping into the workshop you can immediately feel the history.
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The building was constructed with low doors and ceilings to accommodate a storage area for dishes above. Take care not to bump your head!
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Tables are positioned next to the windows for the craftsmen. The old structure and natural light from the windows are still used.
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The sheer number of tools conveys just how much fine detailing is required.
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Inside is neat and tidy and has a cozy atmosphere. It’s easy to lose track of time as you watch the fine brushstrokes of the craftsmen.

The kiln is located in the next building. Firewood and tools are neatly stacked outside.
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You can get close enough to peep into the kiln.
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Behold The Beauty of the Finished Product 

Porcelain created in the workshop can be viewed in the gallery next door.
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There are an array of products on sale as you enter.
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In the rear, some of the more precious works are exhibited.

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Porcelain is used everywhere. Even the door knobs are made of pottery. This is one of the virtues of Gen-emon!
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You can’t help but be enchanted by the beauty of these fine designs. Knowing that these beautiful creations are hand crafted simply adds to the attractiveness of Arita ware.

Visitors to the workshop are often astonished that these fine paintings have been created entirely by hand. In addition, after observing the craftsmen at work, they understand why these works of art are expensive.

The workshop is open only during the week

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Be aware that the opening hours of the workshop and gallery differ.
While the gallery is open every day (including weekends), the workshop can only be visited during the week (Monday to Friday). Gen-emon is only a few minutes drive from Arita station.
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Look for this sign.
The building on the left hand side is the gallery and the workshop is located behind.
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Why not take a stroll through the beautiful Japanese garden on the right hand side of the road.
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If you visit Arita, stop by Gen-emon kiln and experience the tradition of Arita porcelain in their workshop and enjoy the beauty of their work in the gallery. I’m sure you’ll have a greater appreciation of Arita porcelain afterwards!

Information

Gen-emon Kiln (源右衛門窯)
Address: 2726, Maruohei, Arita-cho, Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga Prefecture
Opening hours:
(Gallery) Weekdays: 8:00 ~ 17:30
Weekends and national holidays: 9:00 ~ 17:00
(Workshop) Weekdays: 8:00 ~ 17:00
Regular holidays: Around New Year
Wi-Fi: Available
Credit cards: JCB, VISA, Master, AMEX, UnionPay, Diners
Telephone: 0955-42-4164
Official HP: 源右衛門窯

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