Japanese pottery - Tokoname ware

Tokoname ware is one of the six ancient kilns, which comes from Tokoname region in Aichi Prefecture in central part of Japan. The old style of Tokoname ware is said to have started in the 12th century. 

Its characteristics lies in its reddish color, which comes from soil called vermiion mud that contains a large amount of iron oxide. 

Tokoname ware is mostly made uglazed. Since the temperature in the kiln is relatively high, it is solid and has sufficient strength to be used in daily lif.

Tokoname is a hilly area and many chimneys were lined up in the past, as many continuous-type kilns capable of high temperature firing were built using the terrain.

If you visit Tokoname, we recommend you to walk on the "pottery promenade" where you can find galleries, coffee shops and pottery shops where you can experience the pottery making!


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