In the late Edo Period, Otani-Yaki or Otani Ware began the making of pottery using red clay in Otani village. Japan is proud of its climbing kilns used in the firing process of this kind of pottery, and large ceramics fired using them also have an impressive stature.
In order to bake these massive ceramics, a “lying-down potter’s wheel” is used with the pottery turning the wheel by kicking it with their feet while lying down; this is a distinctive, traditional method of Otani and has been designated as a traditional craft of Japan. Nowadays, they also make daily use items like cups, and the rustic style has been gaining popularity. Moreover, in addition to being able to purchase these products, you can also take a tour of the pottery-making process.
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