By the Momoyama period (1573-1614), a unique aesthetic sensibility was firmly established with the acceptance of ceramic utensils for the Japanese tea ceremony by influential tea masters like Sen-no-Rikyu.
The Edo period (1615-1866) saw an exuberant explosion of artistry at all levels of society, yet striving for quiet nobility and restrained elegance remained the highest goal of artistic achievement.
apanese pottery has evolved over the centuries into a high art form.
Pottery played a central role in development of Japanese art and culture.
The picturesque areas in Fukui prefecture overlooking the Japan Sea produce another distinctive warm-tone ceramic style known as Echizen.
One can find remnants of ancient noborigama (climbing kilns) and pottery shards hundreds of years old littering the countryside here.
Touching Stone Gallery honors this rich heritage by showing significant bodies of work of outstanding contemporary ceramic artists from Japan.
Seven types of glaze have been developed (Kiseto, Koseto, Shino, Oribe, Kaiyu, Tetsuyu, and Ofuke), each with its own distinct aesthetics.
Throughout this development, pottery embodied the essence of , an often misunderstood aesthetic sensibility that has far-reaching influence on contemporary art both in the East and the West.
Today, ceramists in various pottery centers continue their heritage, producing timeless works of art using traditional materials and techniques refined through centuries of experience.
Today, there are fewer than several dozen active potters in Iga.
One of the most notable contemporary Iga ceramists is Yoshitaka Hasu, who is taking the ancient tradition to new levels.The areas around Bizen next to the Inland Sea in the Okayama prefecture have been producing some of the most beautiful traditional ceramics since the 12th century.