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Mino Stoneware

美濃焼 (Mino yaki)

Since the Meiji period, Mino-yaki (Mino Ware) had been the customary term for stoneware and porcelain produced in a large area around the cities of Tajima and Toki, in the southeast of Gifu Prefecture. During the Edo period (1601-1868), Mino ware was distributed by the Owari-han administration along with Seto ware under the name of "setomono" (i.e., "items of Seto"). Thus, Mino was not perceived as an individual ceramic type in spite of its individual innovations in glaze and form. As in Seto, the Meiji period (1868-1912) began a phase of intense modernization and mechanization, relegating much of Mino wares to cheap mass products. However, in the 1930s, it was found that the famous glazes from the Momoyama period (1573-1615) had been produced in Mino, and not -- as had been assumed -- in Seto. Consequently, many ceramists became interested in these Mino ware techniques and tried to revive them. In the Mino and Seto region today, mechanized mass production exists alongside work by ceramic artists and studio potters who are committed to the old traditions. See Anneliese Crueger, Wulf Crueger, and Saeko Ito. "Modern Japanese Ceramics". Lark Books, New York (2007). p 204.

Japanese Ceramics Mino Ware 2.5" Matcha Tea Bowl

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