Tanba Pottery is also named Tachikui Pottery after Tachikui, the place of its origin, with its origination being as far back as the last Heian-the early Kamakura period (1180-1230).
It is counted as one of the ancient six potteries in Japan with Seto, Tokoname, Shigaraki, Bizen and Echizen. Everyone is very fond of Tanba Pottery.
Indeed, anyone can see something of solid and elegant simplicity , coming from its simple and calm appearance and its typical dark brown or black glazing.
The “Sueno-Sato” (Tanba Pottery village) has very beautiful scenery, with green hills in the east and west, and cultivated fields between them, through which a stream, the Shitodani, runs down from north to south.
The kiln used here is of very unusual shape and is built on the sloping surface of a hill. It is inclined, and they call it “Nobori Gama”(Inclined-kiln).
Modern Tanba Pottery
A variety of pottery from 50 studios are on display for sale from traditional Tanba-yaki wares to modern artistic works at the “Kamamoto-Yokocho” (Ceramic Shop)
Ancient Tanba Pottery works
Some ancient Tanba pottery works are displayed at Hyougo Pottery Art museum in Tachikui.
Some of works were made back in 800 years ago at the Muromachi period.
Oldest Kilin in Tachikui district
The special kiln, “Nobori Gama”, which has been used here since Momoyama period, can be found nowhere else but Tachikui, and is so unique and old that the Government has added it to the Intangible Cultural Properties, so that this may remain forever.
The pottery makers at Tachikui are working with modesty and sincerity, living their lives as farmers, and as artists, keeping in their minds the pride of having inherited this kiln and soil for 800 years.