The name of kiln Zuikou Kiln
The name of artist Touru Tsutitani
The Biography First generation, Rokubei Kiyomizu (Kuritaro 1738-1799)
In 1771, held a kiln at Gojyou area in Kyoto. Second generation, Rokubei Kiyomizu( Masajirou 1790-1860) First generation, Sichibei Kiyomizu(Takejirou 1818-1891) Eldest son of Masajirou Second generation, Sichibei Kiyomizu(Takejirou 1843-1918) Eldest son of first generation Takejirou. First generation Zuikou Tsuchiya (Kouzaburou 1867-1918) Second son of second generation Takejirou. Second generation Zuikou Tsuchiya (Kikujirou 1898-1978) Eldest son of Kouzaburou.
In 1928, he has left Gojyousaka to Imagumano and opened new kiln at there. Third generation Zuikou Tsuchiya (Minoru 1928-) Second son of Kikujirou. Graduation from Kyoto Institute of Technology and Doshisya university. Makoto Tsuchiya (1958-) Eldest son of Minoru. Graduation from Tokyo university. Now, He is the chairman of Zuikou kiln. Touru Tsuchiya (1959-) Second son of Minoru.
“Kyōyaki-Kiyomizuyaki” is one of the many traditional crafts that are representative of Kyoto. “Kyōyaki” refers to Kyoto pottery that became popular in the foothills of the Higashiyama mountains, due to the trend of Japanese tea ceremony since early Edo period. “Kiyomizuyaki,” on the other hand, is pottery that was made in Gojō-zaka, the approach to Kiyomizu Temple. Today, “Kyōyaki-Kiyomizuyaki” generally refers to all kinds of ceramic ware in Kyoto. “Kyōyaki-Kiyomizuyaki” does not pertain to particular styles or techniques, but encompasses them all. This is because Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, was the city where talented craftsmen and fine quality materials gathered from all over the country, and was where many temples and shrines, the imperial family, and the aristocrats were patrons of these traditional arts.