Kutani Ceramic Art Village

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”Kutani Ceramic Art Village" in Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture, is the birthplace of Kutani ceramics with a 360-year history. It includes an art museum, shop, and a facility where you can try ceramic painting, it's just like a Kutani ceramics theme park.

The origin is the ceramics fired around the year 1655, known as "Ko-Kutani"(Old Kutani), which the kilns suddenly closed in the early 1700s.
Approximately 80 years after the vanishing of Ko-Kutani, the revival era of Kutani began with the opening of the Kasugayama kiln in Kanazawa in 1807 when ceramist Mokubei Aoki was invited to Kanazawa by the Kaga Clan from Kyoto. After his establishment of a kiln in Mount Kasuga, Kanazawa Kutani-ware developed sporadically, each distinctive period reflecting the atmosphere of the times in which it was produced.
Traditionally, Kutani is known for its bright, five-colored (blue, navy blue, yellow, purple, and red) over-glaze patterns, and its typical motifs include birds, flowers, trees, and landscapes.

There are various facilities including Nomi Kutani Ceramics Museum, Kutani Ceramics Center, and Asakura Isokichi Art Museum.
Visitors can browse the galleries, purchase souvenirs from the gift shop, or try painting their own Kutani ware in workshops.

Address : 22 Minami, Izumidaimachi, Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture
Hours : 9:00 to 17:00 (last entry at 16:30)
Closed : Mondays
Fees : 430 yen (320 for seniors; free for high school students and below)
Access : take a bus from JR Komatsu Station, and get off at Izumidai stop. Then walk about 7 mins.
By Vehicle : a 15-min drive from Nomi-Neagari Interchange on Hokuriku Highway

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