History of Arita-yaki


Aritayaki is famous Japanese porcelain from Kyusyu islands.


"Arita" is the name of a town in Saga Prefecture, the production centre.

During the time when Hideyoshi Toyotomi sent his troops to invade Korea in the late 16th Century, the feudal lord of Nabeshima abducted Korean potter Yi Sam Pyong and took him to the town of Arita where he made ceramics. Thus began the history of Aritayaki.


Characterised by its drawings and designs with pigments on a white background (multicolored overglaze painting), Aritayaki was deemed too fine for general use. It thus developed into a widely popular artistic handicraft of the Edo period.

It was also exported to other countries, its beauty subsequently becoming well-known in Europe, and Aritayaki thus established its status as a work of art representing Japan.


As for the pots and plates made during the Edo period, many of them have been designated as culturally important pieces.

In the town of Arita, there are numerous exhibition centres, including the Arita Ceramic Art Museum and Kyushu Ceramic Museum, where you can enjoy the artistic Aritayaki.


Additionally, stores sell Aritayaki dishes and small articles, while the Arita Ceramics Market held every May is a very popular event among fans.


Now Samulime Company is the Asia region’s flagship dealer for the Aritayaki committee of Japan. We custom-make ceramics/porcelain in Arita to according to your designs and requirements