The Japanese ceramic studio Kutani Choemon was founded in 1879 and has been making tableware and tea ceremony utensils for over 130 years. In the video below, the studio demonstrates the masterful techniques of ceramic painting that have been passed down from generation to generation. In the video the paint almost seems like it’s alive, with a will of its own, yet remains completely under the control of the craftsman.
The integrated system of production, explains the studio, does everything in-house. From sourcing raw materials to firing the kilns. Which is what’s enabled them to maintain their consistency and quality over the years. There’s something incredibly soothing and mesmerizing about watching the craftsman use his outsized brush to fill in tiny details.