Seto-Yaki - one of Japanese six ancient kilns
Seto-Yaki is a glazed pottery well-known in Japan. It is the small plate with "blue and white pottery" where the chopsticks are on in the photo.
This type of pottery has been made in Seto City in Central Japan since 10th century. It is said to have originated in Nagoya around 5th century. In that area there were material for pottery such as clay and material of glass which is silica/quartz sand. Trees were also abundant, which was necessary for keeping the kiln fired.
Such natural resources and the location were probably the keys of the Seto-Yaki to be so famous. In 19th century porcelain production also started and some even exported to countries like the USA.
In Japan, people used to call pottery "Seto-mono", which shows that the Seto-Yaki was the representative of pottery.
Its characteristics are the white base which reminds people of Dehua porcelain in China. This is due to the fact that there is hardly any iron in the clay. Blue colored zaffer (cobalt pigment) is often used to draw a pattern such as this small plate for chopstics.
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