Tanba-yaki, Tanba ware. Also called tachikui-yaki. One of the "Six Old Kilns," a general name for a type of sueki ware made in Tanba (now Takigun and Hikamigun, Hyougo prefecture). The main kiln in Tachikui, Kondamachi, Takigun has produced folkwares from the Kamakura-era to the present. Tsubo (jars), kame (jars), suribachi (earthenware mortars), and tokkuri (sake bottles) were the most common vessel types. Usually without a glaze or with a natural glaze, the surface docoration is provided by the natural reddish black color of iron-rich Tanba clay (Tanba Akatsuchi). In the Momoyama-era artficial glazes were used for such tea vessels as mizusashi (water jars), hanaire (flower vases) and chaire (tea caddies). Tanba ware made through the Momoyama-era is called ko-tanba (old Tanba).