Japanese ceramics -Agano ware

Agano ware is a type of pottery made in Tagawa District, Fukuoka in South-East of Japan.

It dates back to 1602 when the artisans were brought from current day South Korea to introduce such technique to Japan. 

Its characteristics lie in the thin wall thickness, the lightness and the variety of glaze used, such as the blue-green glaze, iron glaze, white-brown glaze. The glaze melts in the kiln, creating a pattern of ever-changing pattern. It is not painted like some other kind of ceramics.

In the later 17th century, many people in the tea ceremony industry liked this Agano ware. Then in 19th century the Agano ware production declined significantly, however, it was revived in 1902. In 1983 it was designated as "a traditional handcraft of Japan" by the Japanese government. 

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