General tips about Pottery and Porcelain

This table will provide with basic information/knowledge regarding Japanese ceramics.

CeramicsCeramics 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 ProductsCraft 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 FormingThe 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.

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