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Mino-yaki (Mino ware) has been produced in Gifu prefecture since the mid-Heian period (794-1185). An abundant supply of fine quality clay and a long tradition of skilled craftsmen here led to the birth of the Japanese tea culture. Beautiful ceramic wares such as Oribe-yaki (Oribe ware) were created by artisans, and by the Edo period (1603-1867), Mino became a center for the extensive production of ceramics. Today, more than 60% of Japanese pottery is produced in this area.
Mino & Seto Area Ceramic Styles
Oribe-yaki is named after Oribe Furuta, a master of chanoyu (tea ceremony) who was a cultural leader during the 16th century. His approach to ceramics was modern and stylish. Oribe’s use of unusual and organic shapes,
together with boldly colored glazes and free form designs, was a complete departure from the austerity of chanoyu. His revolutionary thinking remains as an influence to Oribe artisans even today.

Kizeto-yaki (Kizeto ware) uses a glaze made from feldspar, ash, and traces of iron. It is distinctive for its yellow color, and often has incised designs highlighted with small amounts of Oribe glaze.

Shino-yaki (Shino ware) can be characterized as having a citrus peel finish, with a thick glaze made of feldspar, and sometimes ash. Some of the varieties of Shino-yaki are E-shino (usually decorated with painted scenery), Shiro Shino (white), Nezumi Shino (gray), and Aka Shino (red).



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