June 16, 2014

Juzan Gama Hasami Ware 壽山窯

This is a modern Japanese porcelain bowl, manufactured by 壽山窯 Juzan Family Kiln (Juzan gama) around the 1970s through the 1980s and  imported into the US & Europe by commercial tableware wholesaler "Sadek" for their "Andrea by Sadek" brand.

Juzan Gama Hasami Ware 壽山窯,

Juzan Gama Hasami Ware 壽山窯,

Juzan Gama Hasami Ware 壽山窯,


Juzan Kiln, aka Juzan Gama, still operates today and is located in Nagasaki, Japan producing table wares under the name Juzan Toki.

There is quite a bit of misrepresentation online regarding Juzan Gama, notably from shady Ruby Lane sellers and eBay sellers who presumably copied their listing information from the former misrepresented information, which is mostly fabricated BS & deceptive fluff designed to mislead potential buyers.

This particular Juzan Gama mark shown on my bowl 壽山窯 did not exist prior to the 1970s, so anyone telling you that it's Meiji period, or early 20th Century, WWII era, etc are very misinformed.   There were and still are more than one potter named Juzan, however, they each have their own distinctive marks and make different types of wares, and they may not even be related to the same Juzan family of Juzan Gama, such as Fujisaki Juzan who creates Takatori ware, and then there was also a kutani potter who used the Juzan name although it was not his actual surname, which means he was not related at all.. Both of these potters have their own distinctively different marks that have nothing whatsoever to do with Juzan Gama.

.   There was also a potter using the Juzan name in the late Meiji period who produced Satsuma wares, again with a distinctively different mark

Suffice to say, any ceramic ware on the auction market bearing this particular mark that reads Juzan Gama 壽山窯 is not an antique, and is "vintage" at best since the marking was used throughout the 70s, 80s & even the 1990s.  There are a couple variations of this same mark, but they're all post 1970.

Juzan Gama produced wares are called Hasami-yaki.    This particular style seen on the outside of the bowl is made by what is called chattering kana.  The kana scraper, a metal tool, is held onto a leather hard, unfired bowl, and the bowl is spun. The kana jumps up and down, chatters, across the surface to produce the regular markings.

 This is what a kana scraper looks like

Japanese pottery ceramics kana tool


Maker mark translation & information on the chattering kana technique provided by ceramics potter David Morrison Pike from Japanese Antiques, Nara, Japan

3 comments:

  1. A very interesting commentary that's added to my rather meagre knowledge of this period of Japanese export ceramics. Many thanks.

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  2. The mark shown here is 雪峰, not 壽山.

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  3. My mom bought a bunch of Juzan Gama bowls at Pier I Imports in the mid 90's for around $8 each. I started looking for some on eBay and I'm seeing the exact same bowls for something like $30-$50 per bowl. You'd think they were selling bowls from the Titanic! It drives me nuts the way one person starts a "rumor" that something is "collectable" and all the other ignorant sellers follow suit and mark something that's minimally valuable, like its museum quality. I love the bit of info you provided, there's not much out there on these dishes and I just love them.

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