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oribe "Oribe " famous naming of pottery are produced in East region of Mino (Gifu pref., Japan) and "Oribe" is the name of lord who governed the area in Muro-machi age(15C-16C) and who supported the pottery product indutsries fully. Oribe is one of glaze which bring a natural green color at the firing and which was found under the regnum of Oribe family in the area.
The history of Potteries in the area, is said that about 5C, a new technology for pottery producting, called "SUEKI", was initiated to Japan from Korean peninsula., which was fired withover temp.1,000c in kiln under ground. instead of traditional productions in field firing under with temp. 1,000c It is around 7C that the technology was initiated into "MINO" region, and the products seemed to be limited mostly , to cover with the consumption in the area.

sueki Various technologies from China and Korea, initiated, effected to potteries in the area through 10C to 16C and the product was developed expansively into pottery art around 17C the age of Dai-myoh, (feudal lord),NOBUNAGA,, HIDEYOSHI, who supported "Cha-no-yu" (tea ceremony) byRikyuh who .popularized such tea ceremny among Samurai families.
The pottery creative-technology and originality of "Yu-yaku" produced so many "Chawan".
Also, Finding the high-grade clay in "East-Mino" area that is much convenient to pottery product,took the technology upto Art, in the area.

"KISETO","SHINO","ORIBE",etc are famous designs. which are furnished in these ages. The age of 1,800 year, the production changed into ordinary and industrial table wares., which were produced of a new material, "Porcelain"., initiated from Arita in Kyushu. Such new materials and technologies for coloring, designing were initiated aggressively by industrial corporations through ages, And the area ,became one fo the biggest production area of Porcelain ware., in Japan.

oribe In the first quater of 20C, the technologies were jump upto mass productions with low cost by divisional production, specialized labor, electric power, etc. in a business situation of international trade development, and domestic demand expansion. Also, technology evolutions took new and high efficient mechanical systems to industrial corporations. It is the most significant scene, that kilns were enhanced with Heavy Oil, Gas, or, Electric, instead of chacoal energy .
After world war II, the industries marvelously increased the production with Japan economic revival in 196to 1970. Huge quantity of producitons were exported from Nagoya Port., also, industries satified the most of domestic demands. Mino-yaki shares now, "more than 50%" of total production in Japan.

Pottery Art has been kept traditionaly among artist in another-way. eventhough industrial evolutions has targeted "cost and quality" on their business. And "TOKI" area appeared so many of Art and Artist historicaly .

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