Mino-yaki earthenware is specialty pottery produced in the Mino Region (around current Toki City) of Gifu prefecture which began in the 7th century. Mino-yaki continues to adapt to modern lifestyles while preserving its history and tradition. One of the signature characteristics of Mino-yaki earthenware is its diversity. Mino-yaki does not adhere to a single form,as it has over 15 registered typesof traditional handicraft in Japan. The best-known form isOribeWare, which was created by Oribe Furuta, a disciple of the influential tea ceremony master, Sen no Rikyu, at the beginning of the Edo Period in the 17th century.
Oribe Ware’ssignature is its deep green glaze. The artists limit excessive decoration to express the identity of each product through beauty in simplicity. These Oribe Ware pieces are crafted by Fudoh-Gama, a small family-owned studio, situated in Toki, the heart of historic Mino-yaki pottery area in Gifu Prefecture. Fudoh-Gama aims to create pieces that embody both grace and boldness through their color and design.