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TOKONAME
Throughout the course of its history, Tokoname-yaki (Tokoname ware) has adapted well to the changing needs of the Japanese marketplace. The first recorded Tokoname-yaki to be produced were urns for Buddhist sutras during the Nara period (710-794).

From the Muromachi period (1338-1573) to the Edo period (1603-1867), tea bowls, tea ceremony accessories, and ikebana (traditional Japanese flower arrangement) vases were produced. Jars, bathroom fixtures, tiles, and planters were added to this list during the Meiji period (1868-1912).

Tokoname clay is high in iron content and when fired, changes into a reddish orange color known as “shudei”. One technique which is often used in making Tokoname-yaki is “nerikomi”, or the mixing of several different colors of clay, prior to firing. Since Tokoname clay is extremely fine, it is also very common to find kyusu (traditional Japanese style, single-handled tea pots) featuring designs which have been intricately carved by hand.

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