During the Kan'ei era (1624-44), the first lord of Owari Tokugawa Yoshinao (1601–1650) had a kiln constructed at the corner of the Ofuke enceinte (Ofukemaru) in the northern part of the grounds of Nagoya Castle. This type was called oniwa-yaki (literally "garden ware"). Almost every feudal lord had his own oniwa-yaki, also to have gifts made. Potters from Seto were invited to make pottery. Ofukei ware therefore has links to Seto ware. Production started around 1670 and was under the patronage of the Owari Tokugawa lords.
Production initially focused on tea caddies (cha-ire), and tea bowls. The wares that came from the castle kiln were generally produced for the lords for their own use or as gifts. The lord’s taste in ceramics was also imitated by other Owari samurai, such as Hirasawa Kurō and Masaki Sōzaburō, who made their own pieces.
Ofukei ware however was also produced at a number of Mino ware kilns. During the rule of the second lord Tokugawa Mitsutomo (1625–1700), the production of the kiln had stopped, but under the 10th lord Tokugawa Naritomo (1793–1850) it restarted around 1800. The production finally ceased with the end of feudalism in the Meiji era of the later half of the 19th century.
Other pottery from Nagoya and the wider Owari region:
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 17, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 御深井焼-454146
Media related to Ofukei ware at Wikimedia Commons
- Walter Art Museum | White tenmoku tea bowl Ofuke ware
- Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery | Ofuke wares
- Kagedo | Ofuke ware rabbit brazier
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