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SHIGARAKI
The origin of Shigaraki-yaki (Shigaraki ware) started as roofing tiles ordered by the Emperor during the Nara period (710-794) in Shiga prefecture. During the Kamakura period (1192-1333) water jars and large pots were produced, followed by matcha chawan (tea bowls) and accessories associated with the Japanese tea ceremony. Today, ceramics for everyday use such as flower vases, tableware and ornaments are being produced in the Shigaraki area, taking advantage of the Shigaraki clay that is well suited for large pieces.

Shigaraki-yaki is recognized for both the quartz particles embedded in the local clay and the random reddish patterns naturally produced by a combination of the flames and the ash of the firewood coming into contact with the surface of the ware being fired. Although originally discovered by accident, this firing technique has become a lasting characteristic of Shigaraki-yaki.

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