Bizen ware (aka Imbe ware) is pottery manufactured at and around the Imbe district of Bizen City. Counted as one of the towns of Japan's "Six Old Kilns", Bizen has a long history in pottery making since the 6th century. The town reached its prominence in the 13th century due to the popularity of tea ceremony.
Bizen ware is put in the kiln unglazed, but due to the effects of several days of pine wood firing, becomes naturally glazed with pine ash. The ware is popular among users and collectors who seek earthy and subdued qualities in simple and unassuming forms. If you visit the kiln area, you will notice bristling rectangular chimneys from place to place.
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