Mino ware is the most produced pottery in Japan, but it is not well known. Dating back to 1300 years ago, Mino ware has fascinating and traditional pottery including Oribe, Kizeto and Shino. Not only do potters gather in Mino Province, but there are also living national treasures and factories for mass producing potteries that all coexist. Pottery, nonetheless, becomes a part of the people's daily lives. After visiting the area and interviewing potters, we were drawn to young artists who were trying to carve out a new way of pottery and potters who didn’t fit the traditional style of Mino ware.
Not only is there an abundance of clay and glaze, there are also Mino ware research institutes and a community where they help each other with traditional methods of pottery and at the same time, developing new techniques.
Many of the Mino ware artists say that their works do not fit into the style of traditional Mino ware but they say they were able to do it because of this place. And they love this place.
We will continue to share the talents and vessels that were born and created in this region as “Mino ware.”