Local specialties

History of Tobe-yaki ware

Date Event
1775 Feudal Lord of the Ozu Clan, Yasutoki Kato, commissions Tobe with manufacturing porcelain.
1777 Josuke Sugino succeeds in the firing of porcelains.
Kinji Kadota takes over operation of the Kanbara kiln which had previously been managed by the Ozu Clan.
1818 Genji Mukai discovers Kawanobori ceramic stone.
1839 Eizo, Ruisuke and Sobei go to Nagasaki, in search of materials for ceramic decoration.
1848 Taizo Ioka constructs kiln using tonbari (brick).
1851 Genroku Kido devises a kiln for biscuit firing.
Around this time, large drum-shaped water wheel make its first appearance.
1853 Tsubouchi Family recorded 17 potteries in their records of waterwheel usage.
1857 Setomono and Karatsu Management Offices for ceramics production established.
Following the establishment of several porcelain manufacturing kilns around Japan at this time, porcelain becomes popular across different classes in society.
1878 Goshosai Ito invites potters from Kyushu to learn and disseminate sometsuke (blue and white pottery) using paper pattern templates.
Kotaro Date studies Western-style decoration for ceramics in Kyoto.
1885 Tobe-yaki ware exported to Qing dynasty China.
1888 Ceramic Cooperative Association for both Shimoukena and Iyo counties founded.
1890 Wahei Mukai invents Tan'noji (pale yellow porcelain).
1893 Tan'noji awarded first prize in the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition.
1906 Ceramics tutoring school founded.
1942 Monument built to commemorate Josuke Sugino.
1953 Muneyoshi Yanagi and Shoji Hamada visit Tobe to train local potters.
1976 Tobe-yaki ware officially designated by the government as one of the Traditional Crafts of Japan.
1977 200th Anniversary of Tobe Porcelain.
1984 Tobe-yaki Ware Festival established.
1989 Tobeyaki Traditional Industrial Hall opened.
1995 Tobe-yaki globe installed at the United Nations Office, Geneva.
2005 Tobe-yaki ware designated Intangible Cultural Property, Ehime Prefecture.