Amazing handmade Rinka is popular in New York -Kaneko Kohyo-

What is Mino ware?

Minoyaki is a general term for ceramics produced in the southeastern part of Gifu Prefecture (Toki City, Tajimi City, Mizunami City, and Kani City). The Tono region is Japan's largest ceramics production base, and Toki City is known as the largest production town in Japan, boasting a share of more than 50% of all ceramics in Japan. Due to the subdivision of products and the division of labor, each region has its own specialty, and each technology is improved. Mino ware became known and distributed nationwide, and became a major production area for tableware. In 1978, it was certified as a traditional craft by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry).

Mino has a long history of pottery, and during the Heian period, glazes made from ash, ash glaze, and Hakusan tea bowls were made. During the Azuchi-Momoyama period, potters flowed from Seto, and along with the development of the tea ceremony, the four styles of Kiseto, Setoguro, Shino, and Oribe were born.

Together with the history of Mino ware..
100-year-old Kaneko Kohyo 

In 1921, Kohyo Ito founded Kaneko Seitosho on a mountain in Oroshi-cho, Shimoishi-cho, Toki-gun, Gifu Prefecture. Shimoishi-cho has long been known for producing pottery clay that is suitable for pouring, so it was mainly used to make Buddhist altar fittings in climbing kilns.

Time passed and the era of the second generation, Mr. Hiromi Ito. During the booming economy during the period of rapid economic growth, we created sake bottles for use in izakayas and restaurants using our specialty pour molding. The production volume was the highest in Japan at that time, and it was called "Sake bottle small soldier".

Katsunori Ito, the third generation owner of the kiln, is currently creating new Mino ware while preserving the tradition and history of Mino ware.

The Rinka series that we are handling this time has become popular among New Yorkers as "Rinka", which was created under the double name of " Roman and Williams ", the masters of the interior design world in NY. This fall, the long-established department store LIBERTY in London handles it, and its popularity is spreading in the United States and Europe.

Minoyaki Linker Plate
Mino-yaki pottery from Kaneko Kohei Pottery

Even though it is porcelain, the warm taste of pottery is due to the craftsmen finishing each piece by hand. The temperature of the kiln is about 1,300 degrees, and it takes a whole day to bake. Experienced craftsmen make fine adjustments to changes such as seasons and climates.

Mino ware white wreath plate

You can use a microwave oven (just warm) and a dishwasher, so it's great for people who lead busy lives!

Minoyaki RINKA

Although it is Japanese tableware, it is perfect for Western-style coordination. The soft texture of the white bowl goes well with any kind of tableware.

Minoyaki Linker Plate

While valuing the history and tradition of Mino ware, Kaneko Kohyo products that bring "small happiness" to everyday life. How about a fun meal at home with a wonderful bowl that has many regular users around the world?

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Minoyaki Rinka Utsuwa White

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