Though Japan’s regional potteries have become internationally well known, there is one aspect of Japanese ceramics currently vying for more attention — the tile industry.

Dating as far back as the sixth to seventh centuries, tiles were once a sign of prestige and wealth reserved for temples and imperial buildings. Now an architectural staple, most are factory-produced, but many are still being made using traditional techniques. Some artisans are finding creative ways to showcase their wares to a wider audience.

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