General tips about Pottery and Porcelain
This table will provide with basic information/knowledge regarding Japanese ceramics.
|Ceramics||Ceramics is a general term for the followings.
*Pottery : Material is Clay which is fired at 700-1300℃ after forming. It is relatively thick.
*Porcelain : Material is the crushed ceramic stone, which is fired at 1250-1300℃. It becomes very thin and hard.
|Traditional Craft Products||Craft items designated by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan. We offer Sakeware produced at the regions designated in the field "ceramics".
Criteria is :
**Products used in everyday life
**Products primarily produced by hand
**Products used traditonal techniques
**Materials used those which have been traditonally employed
**Regions formed for producing ceramics
|Pottery Forming||The relatively small pottery like sake-ware is formed by the following methods and their combination.
*Hand Forming (Tebineri) : All forming is done by hand and a trimming tool is used sometimes.
*Forming with Coils (HImo Zukuri) : The coiled clay is piled up and joined by hand and smoothed out with a tool and leather.
*Throwing (Rokuro Seikei) : Pottery is formed by fingers and palms on the turning wheel.
*Slab Building (Tatara Zukuri) : The slab plate is formed and/or joined with others to form the shape.
*Moulding and Slip Casting : Press mold, piece mold and casting mold are used to form the shap.