Japanese pottery then and now
Pottery began as a technique for making tools with an artistic touch. In Japan, the first pottery was crafted approximately 12,000 years ago. Then sometime around the 3rd to 7th centuries AD, kiln-firing techniques were introduced to Japan from the Eurasian continent, enabling firing at higher temperatures. These techniques used in combination with potter’s wheels and glazing launched a new era of pottery in Japan.
Japanese pottery making took a unique turn in the 16th century when Sen no Rikyu, who profoundly influenced the Way of Tea (Japanese tea ceremonies), brought new value to tea bowls. Various distinct styles of Japanese pottery developed in diverse regions through different production methods, glazing patterns and combinations of clay. Famous styles include Kiyomizu, Arita, Bizen and Mino ware.
At Taiko-En and Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu, we have popular pottery workshops that are enjoyable even for beginners. Please contact us for details.
- Japanese pottery then and now