Bizen Pottery (備 前 焼 Bizen-yaki is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable by its iron- type hardness , reddish brown color, the absence of enamel (although there may be traces of molten ash looking like enamel), and the resulting marks from the furnace fire in firewood.
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- 1 Brief history
- 2 Features
- 3 Importance
- 4 Sources
The ovens of the ancient Bizen province were already famous in Heian times (794 – 1185) for their large containers used to store food. Although their functionalism did not need decorative mixtures , the characteristics of the clay of the area generated in them very attractive reddish colors.
Bizen is a city in Okayama , Japan . The city is particularly famous for its Bizen-yaki pottery . It also features literary critic Hakuchi , Masamunes’ Birthplace , now a museum. The city was founded on April 1, 1971. In 2003update, the city had an estimated population of 28,030 and the density of 209.71 people per km, with a total area of? 133.66 km. On March 22, 2005, the city of Hinase and the Yoshinaga Wake Up District merged into the city of Bizen.
Bizen Pottery is the Japanese pottery named after the town of Imbé in the province formerly known as Bizen. The method started 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 cooking different textures and marks are produced in the finished work.
Bizen crafts , which take many forms, are produced very slowly, over a long period of time. The wood fire has to be kept at high temperatures for 10 to 14 days, which means long hours and tons of wood, so cooking takes place only once or twice a year.
One of the most important, identifying and ancient ceramics in Japan is the Bizen Ceramic, which you will immediately distinguish by its hardness of the iron type, reddish brown in color, without enamel, although if there are traces of molten ash it may look like enamel and the marks that result from the fire of the wood oven.