IMARI
Shapes & Sizes
Plates
Bowls
Other Shapes
Designs
Sections
Katagami Surie
Printing decoration applying color pigment through a
paper stencil pattern.
This stencil decoration called katagami surie was used
by Hizen makers earlier in the Edo period, and then it
was revived by Matsuo Kisaburo, Hizen potter in the
early Meiji period (1874). This newly developed
reproduction method was spread to other places in
Japan, from Tobe kilns to Mino kilns.
Production of the porcelain ware of the surie method
was declined and replaced by other method called
doban insatsu inbande (copperplate transfer ware)
introduced to the industry, in the later Meiji period  into
Taisho period(1912-25).
Decoration Colors & Methods
Katagami surie inbande with
a flying crane in the cloud
Copperplate Transferware
A method of printing on porcelain with a pattern
transferred from the copper plate.
The transfer method was introduced from Europe in
the late Edo period and it became widely used for
printed patterns on porcelain ware from mid Meiji
(late19th century) through early Showa (1940-1950).
Copper plate transfer ware with
birds and flowers
Inbande
Printed Decoration
Inbande or Inban-de, means printing or printed ware.
The most primitive printing is called Konyakuban which is a stamped pattern.
Katagami Surie is a printing method of applying a design by a stencil paper.
And later in the Meiji period, a new copperplate transfer method was introduced from
Europe.
Konnyakuban
A simple impressed pattern applied by a soft rubber like stamp.
Konnyakuban appeared on porcelain through the 18th century.
Gobenka
A five petal flower design