Bizen pottery, along with the pottery of the Seto, Tokoname, Tanba, Echizen and Shigaraki regions is one of the six potteries of the Middle Ages. It is one of the oldest school of potteries in Japan. During the Muromachi era, Bizen pottery has brought about the admiration of many tea masters, resulting in the creation of many renowned tea utensils. During the Edo era, under the patronage of IKEDA Mitsumasa, the head of the Bizen Clan, Bizen pottery became renowned throughout the entire nation. From then on, Bizen pottery's place in history was assured. For more than 1,000 years, the tradition of Bizen pottery has continued uninterrupted, as has the smoke from the kilns.

Bizenyaki Daily Use

The quiet atmosphere and subdued colors of Bizen pottery perfectly complement brightly colored flowers and food enticing the user to create a harmonious arrangement. Water preserving qualities allow flowers to last longer in Bizen vases; beer attains a wonderfully full head in Bizen cups. The color and texture of Bizen ware improve when handled. When used daily, the user can take pleasure in its increasing beauty. In this way even a small and simple article will, with time, become a treasured object.

Bizenyaki Goma

'胡麻 (GOMA)' - When pine ashes melt in the high heat, they create an ash glaze on the surface of a piece which looks as if it were covered with sesame seeds (goma). Many goma pieces are placed on the shelves near the fire, and they get covered with plenty of ash. When the ashes run on the surface of a piece, it is called “Tamadare”.

Bizenyaki Sangiri

'桟切り (SANGIRI)' - When a piece gets burned in the ashes at the bottom of the kiln, it gets only indirect fire and poor air circulation, causing oxidation-reduced firing. It creates beautiful array of colors of gray, dark gray, red and blue.

Bizenyaki Botamochi

'牡丹餅 (BOTAMOCHI)' - When a small piece of clay is placed on a plate or bowl during firing, the small spot leaves an unfired reddish orange spot. This is called ‘Botamochi’.

Bizenyaki Korogashi

'転がし (KOROGASHI)' - ‘Korogashi’ is a piece that is laid on its side on the ground inside the kiln. Due to the close proximity to the pine wood being thrown into the kiln during firing, it is difficult to preserve the integrity of the piece. Hence, it is typically the most expensive piece of Bizen pottery.