Seto City
in Aichi Prefecture is one of the six ancient pottery centres of Japan and became recognised as such during the Kamakura period (1158-1333). However, the history of ceramics in Seto dates back to the Heian period (794-1185), with the creation of Akazu-yaki ware, a type of pottery where the clay could be glazed in a number of different ways before it was fired. Evidence of nearly 500 medieval kilns has been found in the area and their production consisted of jars, vases and mortars. Seto was the only ancient centre that fired glazed pottery and so it developed its own range of wares and was the first in Japan to produce tenmoku glazed wares. The soil of the area contains large quantities of porcelain clay and silica and the original forests provided fuel for the kilns.

Also included in this section is Mino Pottery that is produced nearby in
Gifu Prefecture. The styles are similar and overlap, as Mino was ruled and influenced by Seto warlords in the late 16th century.



Please note that potters names are shown with the family name first as is usual in


KATO Reikichi plate


KATO Sho boxed bowl


KUWABARA V Kasaburo boxed shino guinomi


MIZUNO Norio boxed chawan


SUGIURA Yoshiki boxed Black Seto chawan


SUZUKI Goro boxed Oribe drinking vessel

YAMAGUCHI Shigeru boxed shino chawan



HARUTAKE Seto chawan


KATO Juemon boxed Mino chawan


KATO Sho boxed chawan


KOBAYASHI Shizan boxed summer chawan


KUWABARA V Kasaburo boxed guinomi

KUWABARA V Kasaburo boxed shino guinomi



KUWABARA V Kasaburo boxed shino chawan


MIZUNO Juzan boxed incised chawan


NAKAJIMA Shunso - boxed Akazu chawan


SHIBATA Tadashi boxed Neriage chawan




SUGIURA Yoshiki boxed chawan