There are numerous different types of pottery in Japan, but the town of Arita is known all over as the birthplace and leading producer of Japan's most popular pottery – porcelain. And, since first firing pots over 400 years ago in 1616, local craftspeople continue this tradition of technical skill and creative innovation into the present day with new, modern processes and technology.
A trip to Kouraku Kiln will have travellers discovering just one of the many pottery sites in Arita. However, established back in 1865 and still focusing on creating quality porcelain and ceramics, Kouraku Kiln is one of the most sought and loved kilns in Arita, meaning they work around the clock and never extinguish the fire of their kiln.
Kouraku has also offered a residency programme for artists since 2013, welcoming craftspeople from all over the globe with a guest house and the opportunity to design products from start to finish. So, why not take a trip to the birthplace of porcelain and watch these master craftsmen bring this centuries-old craft into the modern day.
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