What is Shigaraki Yaki (Shigaraki Ware)
Shigaraki Yaki (Shigaraki Ware) from Shiga, one of "Nihon Rokkoyo (Japan's six oldest kilns)", where traditional Japanese techniques are inherited.
Shigaraki Yaki is ceramics made in Shigaraki Town, Koka City, Shiga Prefecture.
The simple texture of the clay evokes the Japanese aesthetic sense of "Wabi-sabi”.
Shigaraki Yaki has a long history since the Kamakura period (1185-1333). These ceramics are one of the six representative production areas of ceramics that inherits the ancient Japanese technique called "Rokkoyo" and has been familiar to the Japanese people for a long time. Surrounded by lakes and mountains, the Shigaraki region is rich in clay soil suitable for ceramics. This clayey soil can be used to make thick and large ceramics. The reddish-brown color unique to Shigaraki Yaki appears during the firing process. The surface of the base is covered with flames or ashes from burned-out wood, giving it a distinctive warm color.
How to use
Shigaraki Yaki is a popular tool for tea ceremony. Tea ceremony is a traditional Japanese culture in which a family member makes tea to entertain guests.
It is said that the famous historical tea master "Sen no rikyu'' also liked to use Shigaraki Yaki tea bowls. The rustic texture of these tea bowls evokes the Japanese aesthetic of "Wabi-sabi”. Shigaraki Yaki is used not only for tableware such as tea bowls, but also for flower vases, figurines, and interiors.
Please enjoy the simplicity and warmth of Shigaraki Yaki.
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