Staff blog: If Arita Porcelain Was Used in a Movie…
“Although there are two rounds of glazing depending on the porcelain, the two types of glazing are different; therefore, different glazing craftsmen are needed for these seemingly similar step.”
Arita porcelain Satsuki Azalea Flower Vase
In movies, you sometimes come across a scene where a villain is hit on the head with a large size vase as a desperate attempt by a person trying to escape danger. If the vase was Arita porcelain, I may have second thoughts before using it as a weapon. Look at the price! Because of the artistic value, large vase like the ones at Japan Marche are pricy.
To digress, producing an Arita porcelain calls for many steps; producing mud, molding (which has its own steps to take), baking, glazing, second round of baking, glazing again and baking. Although there are two rounds of glazing depending on the porcelain, the two types of glazing are different; therefore, different glazing craftsmen are needed for these seemingly similar step. Producing one single porcelain calls for it to be handled by various craftsmen. The technique of each craftsman is priceless, thus making a decent sized Arita porcelain expensive.
Returning to my thoughts about movies, these typical Arita porcelain vases are the type you see placed on tables and niches as luxurious interior décor. If the movie depicts the 1600’s, it must have cost hundreds or thousands times more since they traveled all the way from Japan to the Western world.
My conclusion: I hope I do not come across a scene myself where I have to use Arita porcelain vase as a weapon!