\ Bizen Ceramics (備 前 焼 Bizen-yaki is a type of Japanese pottery more identifiable by its hardness of iron type , reddish brown color, the absence of enamel (although there may be traces of molten ash resembling enamel), and the marks resulting from the furnace fire in wood.
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- 1 Brief history
- 2 Features
- 3 Importance
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The ovens of the former province of Bizen were already famous in the Heian era (794 – 1185) for their large containers used to store food. Although its functionalism did not need decorative mixtures , the characteristics of the clay in the area generated very attractive reddish colors.
Bizen is a city of Okayama , Japan . The city is particularly famous for its Bizen-yaki pottery . It also has the literary critic Hakuchi , Birthplace of Masamunes , now a museum. The city was founded April 1, 1971. In 2003update, the city had an estimated population of 28,030 and the density of 209.71 inhabitants per km, with a total area of? 133.66 km. On March 22, 2005, the city of Hinase and the Yoshinaga District alarm clock merged into the city of Bizen.
Bizen Ceramics is the Japanese pottery that bears the name of the town of Imbé in the province formerly known as Bizen. The method began in medieval Japan, today it still works the same way. Due to the composition of the clay, the pieces cook slowly for hours. It is very resistant, reddish brown and without varnish. The cooking is done with wood-fired ovens, the vessels are full of rice, straw and other combustion products and during the cooking process different textures and marks are produced in the finished work.
Bizen’s handicrafts , which take many forms, are produced very slowly, over a long period of time. The wood fire has to be maintained at high temperatures for 10 to 14 days that involve long hours and tons of wood, so cooking only takes place only once or twice a year.
One of the most important, identifying and ancient ceramics of Japan is Bizen Ceramics, which you will immediately distinguish by its hardness of the iron type, reddish brown, without enamel, although if there are traces of molten ash it may look like enamel and the marks resulting from the fire in the wood oven.