(also 焼きもの yakimono, or 陶芸 tōgei), is one of the oldest Japanese crafts and art forms, dating back to the Neolithic period.Kilns have produced earthenware, pottery, stoneware, glazed pottery, glazed stoneware, porcelain, and blue-and-white ware.The pottery was formed by coiling clay ropes and fired in an open fire.
Since the mid-17th century when Japan started to industrialize, high-quality standard wares produced in factories became popular exports to Europe.
Japan has an exceptionally long and successful history of ceramic production.
Earthenwares were created as early as the Jōmon period (10,000–300 BCE), giving Japan one of the oldest ceramic traditions in the world.
Japan is further distinguished by the unusual esteem that ceramics holds within its artistic tradition, owing to the enduring popularity of the tea ceremony.
Japanese ceramic history records distinguished many potter names, and some were artist-potters, e.g. Japanese anagama kilns also have flourished through the ages, and their influence weighs with that of the potters.