Japanese ceramic artistry is admired around the world. There are hundreds of historical and modern kilns throughout Japan. A few of the more well-known are Oribe, Seto, Shigaraki, Shino, Arita (Imari), Tamba, Bizen, Kyo-yaki, and Kutani. There are also a great number of individual artists, past and present.
While there is a great appreciation of fine porcelains and studio pieces, there is also high regard for the beauty of everyday items used by ordinary people. These unassuming mingei (folk art) pieces can be both primitive and profound, revealing much about the human spirit. Included are items for ikebana, the tea ceremony, Japanese gardens, and Japanese interior design.