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Mino ware (Jp.)

Mino ceramics are high-fired wares produced in the Seto and Mino areas of Gifu Prefecture. The ware originated in the late 16th century.

There are four Mino styles and they relate almost exclusively to the tea ceremony. Shino, Oribe (Green and Black), Setoguro (Black Seto), Ki-Seto (Yellow Seto). The Shino style is known for its almost pure white glaze, while the Oribe style is characterized by its greens.

Mino Ware fell out of construction for many years until a potter named Arakawa Toyozo discovered the Mino kiln sites in the early 20th century and began a revival of the style, which continues on to this day.

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