Tokoname ware refers to a type of Japanese pottery, stoneware, and ceramics produced in and around the municipality of Tokoname, Aichi in central Japan. Tokoname was the location of one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan. Pottery made in Tokoname dates back to the 12th century. During the Heian period, what are now called Tokoname ware were already part of daily life. The Takasaka kiln was built in the 14th century. Towards the end of the Edo period in the late 19th century, Koie Hokyu completed a chambered "climbing kiln" (nobori-gama). His son Koie Hoju established the reputation of modern Tokoname ware. He laid the foundations for earthenware pipe making and introduced the redware for which the town became renowned. A statue was later put up in his honour in the town. Tokoname ware can be found through the Tokoname Pottery Association Cooperative Union, the Tokoname Pottery Wholesale Association and the Tokoname ware wholesale centre Ceramall. See "Tokoname Ware". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2014-09-16.