Onta ware, designated as an "Intangible Culture Property" in 1975, gives us a taste of traditional Japanese earthenware. 


The Beginning

The three founders of the Onta kilns set up the first one over 300 years ago. Ever since, the descendants of the first founders have kept to the age-old techniques, digging up clay in the nearby mountains and crushing it into powder form using water-powered "karausu" (large wooden hammers that work with the flow of the nearby river). 

From a Family


Each potter is trained by his own father, as no apprentices have been taken in from outside the families. Each piece is made by first throwing it on the wheel, and then hand building it by adding coils. A white slip is applied, over which one or more several decorative techniques are used, such as small chatter marks, brush marks, combed lines, and even patterns made by their masters' fingers. 


Their Items

Onta ware is known for its decorative plates and bowls, deep dishes (wide, shallow bowls), and more, which can be used as decorative pieces or as daily tableware.

Every piece is unique, handmade without any modern technology.