In the 1960's, western porcelain painting was introduced to Japan by our members who had lived abroad and had acquired their skills from American and European painters. At the outset, they enjoyed porcelain painting as a hobby but eventually, they shared and spread the skills of the art form.

In the past, only few could afford valuable foreign porcelain. However, by acquiring the skills, our members were able to create unique art work that rivaled those of western masterpieces. Today, those pieces are recognized as porcelain painted art work rather than decorative tableware.

The number of porcelain painters gradually grew. Hobby porcelain painters and leaders of painters’ groups saw the need to form an association. On January 28, 1989, Japan Porcelain Painters Association was founded with 62 charter members.


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