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About Aizuhongo ware

Aizuhongo ware originated when craftsmen were invited from the Harima Province (now Hyogo Prefecture) to make roof tiles for Wakamatsu Castle, and in 1645, the lord of the Aizu Domain invited potters from Seto, and pottery started to be made in this area to a large extent. Later, the Aizu clan had potters sneak into Arita to learn the techniques of porcelain making, and in 1800, the production of porcelain began using Okubo pottery stone discovered in Hongo Village.

Despite being in difficult circumstances due to wars, recessions, and fires, the area has recovered and continues to produce vases, tableware, and accessories as one of the few areas that produce both pottery and porcelain, as well as the oldest white porcelain production area in the Tohoku region.

There is a wide variety of Aizuhongo ware works, including ceramics with brown glaze and ash glazes, and Ryumon-yaki porcelain with dyes and paintings using Japanese and Western paints, as well as flowing glazes.

Designated as a Traditional Craft of Japan in 1993
Creators of Aizuhongo ware