Of all the ancient high-fired unglazed stoneware styles in Japan, none is as popular as Bizen pottery.

Like many regional potteries, Bizen derives its name from the city it’s produced in, which is in Okayama Prefecture, and it depends on local materials for its unique patterns and color schemes. An unprecedented exhibition of Bizen ware, showing classic works dating from the Momoyama Period (1573-1615) to the present, is now on display at the Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, until May 6, after which it will travel to other locations throughout Japan.

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