Mashiko-yaki (Mashiko ware)

History (Origins)

Near the end of the Edo Period (1600–1868), Otsuka Keisaburo constructed a kiln following his training in Kasama. This is believed to be the origin of Mashiko-yaki.

Characteristics (Techniques and Materials)

This pottery is made using clay from Mashiko and features kaki-yu and namijiro-yu glazes unique to the area. The glaze is poured on liberally and other traditional techniques used to give this ware a strong-feeling beauty and warm feel to the touch. Mashiko-yaki received the Nationally Designated Traditional Craft Product designation in 1979.