Nearly every one of the 47 prefectures in Japan makes their own unique ceramic ware, using locally available materials, from earthy unadorned clay bowls to highly decorative white porcelain. This great variety of Japanese ceramics tend to be named according to their place of origin, including Tokoname ware, Bizen ware, Kyoto ware, and many more. You will also see the names written with the suffix yaki (焼), which means fired as in fired ceramic ware.
What are the different types of traditional Japanese pottery and porcelain? What are the differences between them? You’ll find the answers here as we take you through the 32 most popular styles of Japanese pottery and porcelain from A to Z.