SETO & MINO POTTERY
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.
WORK IN STOCK
Please note that potters names are shown with the family name first as is
usual in Japan.