our Japanese Ceramics
The majority of Japanese ceramics are from Mino ware, which was introduced by a Korean Buddhist priest over 1300 years ago as an earthenware product. At year 885-930, Emperor Daigo marked Mino as a tributary province, responsible for creating ceramic tributes to Daimyo. Over time, more and more potters arrived in the city to practice the art and their skills were valued highly.
When the country entered a period of growth and change during the Edo era (1603-1868), Mino ware started to evolve into everyday products that became available to the general public. By this time, porcelain product methods had been introduced from the Kyushu region in Southern Japan, and Mino started to focus their mostly earthenware based production to porcelain. The Meiji era (1868–1912) initiated the start of mass-producing industries, which further pushed the Mino ware porcelain products and made them about 50% of the national production nowadays.