Yohen Tenmoku

Here is the magazine article that I have regarding the fellow who reproduced the yohen tenmoku effect made so famous by the old Chinese ‘Inaba’ Tenmoku bowl. I’ve just scanned the cover of the periodical, and one page of the article, leaving out the text pages.
The periodical name is すきっと (Sukitto) and the artist’s name is 林恭助 (Hayashi Kyosuke).

9 thoughts on “Yohen Tenmoku”

  1. Hi Craig!

    Have you ever seen the old tenmoku teabowls these were made after?
    Do a web search for 稲葉天目 (Inaba Tenmoku, just copy and paste the japanese text above into your search page) and you’ll get lots of hits with pictures.

  2. hello!
    i’m a 26 yo french student in pottery and i’m making my thesis on tenmoku and yuteki tenmoku in particular.
    do they talk about the composition of this tenmoku glaze in this magazine? i would really like to make some research on this but i’m not good enough in japanese to understand all the technical vocabulary^^

    thank in advance for the help 🙂


  3. Hi Caroline,
    That sounds like a very interesting thesis.
    Unfortunately, they didn’t go into any technical aspects of the glaze because the magazine itself is not a pottery publication.
    Also, I suspect, since this fellow is the only person (or one of a very few) to reproduce this glaze, he’s not sharing his secrets. The only thing the article mentions is that he uses clay from the area of China where the original yohen tenmoku bowls came from.
    Sorry I couldn’t be more help,


  4. heya!

    thank you for your answer anyway 🙂
    yup, the composition of the clay is an important part of the yuteki tenmoku process!:) i’m wonderning if that’s could be a clay contenning lots of TiO2 in it. i will try to find some clues by myself for the moment:)
    i don’t really understand why people would keep those sort of things as a secret. i think that sharing a technique can be the best way to make it improve! But i will try to find some more things concerning this potter and see if i can talk with him directly 🙂

    where are you living in japan? i will be moving to japan next year, after my gradutation and i would like to visit as many potters as i can over there. so if you don’t mind, i might come and visit you some day 🙂
    thanks again for your answer!
    have a nice day 🙂


  5. Caroline,
    Would love to have you visit. I’ll be here for a while, so just let me know when you’ll be coming over, my email address is at my webpage, under contact info.


  6. Hi, Mike. Hi, Caroline.

    Couple quick items here —

    1) I am messing with yuteki glazes at the moment, and if Caroline/Karo is still working on this issue I'd be very happy to correspond. (I'm @ a regular dotcom domain called joss, and my login is my first name, which you will find below.) There are photos of two recent tests in my most recent LJ posting ( jonsinger.livejournal.com ).

    2) Have you seen volume 81 of Honoho Geijutsu? Several folks appear to have made reasonable copies of Yohen Tenmoku ware and [possibly related] iridescent glazes. I don't read Japanese, but I strongly suspect that the technical details are somehow missing from the article, which is a shame. I would love to be able to achieve the effect, but I don't think I have 30 years to devote to the effort.

    Cheers & thanks for this posting —

  7. Hi Jon,

    I don't remember if I've seen that issue, but I'm sure the technical details are missing,those guys don't want other people making those bowls, that's for sure.

    One thing I do know is that they don't all arrive at that effect the same way. At least one of them 'seeds' with something to get the spots with blue halos, I have no idea what he seeds with though.

    One of my customers has a bowl from one of these guys, showed me a picture once. Says that if I ever come to visit in Tokyo, he'll show it to me. I'd really like to see one up close.

    Good luck on your tests!

  8. Does anyone have contact information for Hayashi Kyosuke?

    Valuable information regarding Song ceramic glazes can be found in the book "Chinese Stoneware Glazes" by Joseph Grebanier, which includes recipies and illustrative photographs.


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