Six Ancient Kilns

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The Six Ancient Kilns (六古窯 Rokkoyō) is a category developed by Koyama Fujio (小山富士夫 1900–1975) in the post-war period to describe the most noteworthy ceramic kilns of Japan.[1]

The six kilns are:[2]

  • Bizen ware (備前焼, Bizen-yaki), produced in Bizen, Okayama
  • Echizen ware (越前焼, Echizen-yaki), produced in Echizen, Odacho and Miyazaki, Fukui Prefecture
  • Seto ware (瀬戸焼, Seto-yaki), produced in Seto, Aichi Prefecture
  • Shigaraki ware (信楽焼, Shigaraki-yaki), produced in Kōka, Shiga, east of Lake Biwa
  • Tamba ware, also known as Tachikui ware (丹波立杭焼, Tamba-Tachikui-yaki), produced in Sasayama and Tachikui in Hyōgo
  • Tokoname ware (常滑焼, Tokoname-yaki), produced in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture

The Okayama Prefectural Bizen Ceramic Museum held an exhibition in 2001 about the six kilns.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A New Torch-Bearer of Tea Ceramics for the 21st Century: Toku Art -Contemporary Japanese Ceramics & Applied Arts".
  2. ^ "Japanese pottery".
  3. ^ "Six Old Kilns – Japanese Pottery".

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