Obori Soma ware is the general name of pottery that has been produced throughout Namie-cho, Futaba-gun, Fukushima Prefecture for 300 years from the Genroku era of the Edo period. Establishing the widely known name Obori Soma ware.
The origin of Obori Soma ware dates back to the Genroku era (1688-1704) when Kyukan Hangai, a feudal retainer of the Nakamura Domain, discovered pottery in Obori (Obori, Namie-cho) and ordered his servant Sama to bake pottery for daily use.
The Soma Domain established the office of pottery at the production area for the purpose of making the pottery its specialty, and worked hard to protect and nurture it by financial assistance, securing raw materials, etc. By the end of the Edo period, the area had achieved the development into a major production area where over 100 potteries had been established with distribution routes spreading All over Japan.
After that, the Obori Soma ware experienced a period of winter-like hardship from Meiji period to the end of the Pacific War. However, after the war, the production area rose up strongly owing to the export of the products to the United States.
In 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake forced all the potteries to move out of the area, but with setting “design” and “global” as its axis, Obori Soma ware is now making a big comeback.
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