An age-old Japanese tradition
- The most ancient earthenware in the world, same up to 12.000 years’old, was made in Japan. The rich tradition of Bizen ceramics dates back to the 5th century. Bizen is one of the six historical centres of earthenware production in Japan, and it is common legend that since the time of Kamakura (1185-1333), its kilns have never ceased their activity.
Natural and simple
- Bizen ware, or Bizen-yaki, is made only from clay found in the region. The fresh clay bodies are placed in the kiln and fired slowly at 1250°C for eight to twenty days. Depending on their position in the kiln, they are exposed to varying hot air currents and come into contact with pine ash. Each piece thus acquires a natural glaze which is unique both in its features and shade of colour. The artists and craftsmen add their own personal touch to these natural effects by partially covering certain pieces with earth before the firing.
- This is simple, rustic earthenware, but pottery amateurs will recognize the exquisite discrete charm of each piece, which is endowed with its own very unique beauty. Some are collectors’items and are valued at very high prices. Others are simple everyday objects: such basic pieces of ordinary pottery may, over time, acquire a distinctive patina turning them into precious objects.