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GIFU Ware is a curated collection of tableware that has been made in Japan by established ceramicists. Mino Ware, one of the six traditional Japanese ceramics, is the most famous type of Japanese pottery and is produced in the Gifu prefecture.

Gifu is located in central Japan and known to the rest of the world for its unique geography and natural resources, which makes the City ideal for ceramic and porcelain manufacturers.

Our collection of Japanese styles include handmade glassware and tableware in both traditional and contemporary styles designed for everyday.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mino Ware, or Mino Yaki?

Mino ware and Mino-yaki are the same term. Mino Ware translates to Mino Yaki (美濃焼) in Japanese.

Mino Ware is a type of Japanese pottery that originated in the Mino region of Japan, which is the Gifu Prefecture. The cities of Tajimi and Toki in particular are renowned for their contributions to Gifu Ware.

Mino ware is one of the oldest and most diverse pottery traditions in Japan, with a history dating back over 1,300 years.
It's characterised by its simplicity in design and use of natural materials. The clay used to make Mino ware is typically reddish-brown or grey in colour, and has a high iron content that gives it a distinctive texture and durability.

Mino ware includes a wide variety of styles, including Oribe ware, Shino ware, Seto ware, and Ki-Seto ware. These styles are known for their unique glazes, designs, and techniques.

Oribe Ware is known for being bold and colourful. It often features geometric motifs like traditional shapes, animals, and plants. Shino Ware is known for its milky white glaze and irregular patterns, which are created by the interaction of the glaze with the iron in the clay. Seto Ware and Ki-Seto ware are characterised by their smooth, glossy surfaces and distinct colours.

Mino ware is highly valued and sought after in Japan and around the world for its unmatched craftsmanship, and the history it holds.

Is Gifu Ware microwave and dishwasher safe?

Gifu Ware is used in many established restaurants around the world and most styles can withstand demanding environments.

Each product has this information in their individual descriptions.

Usually ceramics are dishwasher, microwave and oven safe however hand washing is always favoured. If you do choose to put them in the dishwasher, the top shelf is best as it's less of a temperature shock. If possible, turn down the heat too.

What are some traditional motifs commonly found in Japanese ceramics?

Japanese ceramics are often designed with traditional motifs, each carrying unique cultural and symbolic meanings. Here are a few;

Cherry Blossoms (Sakura): Cherry blossoms represent nature and life, often associated with the beauty and impermanence of things. They symbolise renewal and rejuvenation.

Cranes: Cranes are a symbol of longevity, good fortune, and fidelity. They are often depicted in pairs and are a gesture of happiness and harmony.

Waves: Waves represent the ocean, a significant part of Japan's geography. They symbolse change, the ebb and flow of life, and the passage of time.

Arabesque (Karakusa): Arabesque patterns are intricate, scrolling designs that symbolise creativity and harmony. They are often used for their decorative appeal.

Japanese Chrysanthemum (Kiku): The chrysanthemum is considered the national flower of Japan and holds special significance in Japanese culture. It is a symbol of longevity, rejuvenation, and the imperial family.

These motifs not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of Japanese ceramics but also convey deep cultural and symbolic meanings. They add layers of significance and storytelling to the artistry of ceramic pieces, making them more meaningful to both creators and collectors.

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