Onta-yaki

Onta-yaki
Since the opening of the kiln 300 years ago, Onta-yaki pottery has established its simple yet tasteful style with history. In the villages hidden in the mountains of Hita City, ten kilns still operate with the same procedure and produce the pottery pieces which are mostly used in casual, everyday settings. The potter's clay is taken from the nearby mountains, and using the water from the stream, they are in small pieces after being grinded in the millstone. Then, the draining and grinding continue for few times until the clay is fine and smooth.

After the grinding, the craftsmen use a potter's wheel with their feet and form a shape; then these shaped pieces are put into the kiln to complete the process. There are no machines or any automated devices used for Onta-yaki.

The traditional way of making Onta-yaki, and the skills passed on to the younger generation all helped it to become listed in Japan's Important Intangible Cultural Assets in 1993.

Traditional techniques include tobi-kanna (jumping iron), hakeme (brush decoration), kushikaki (comb-drawing), uchikake (glaze splashing) and nagashi (slip trailing).

3. Onta-yaki Gijutsu Hozonkai (skills preservation).

We are looking for retail stores that can sell entire Onta-yaki collections outside of Japan. Our e-mail address is: ogawaec@aol.com