Japanese ceramics history - bowls and plates on the shelf

Pottery
Japanese ceramics have a long history which is known to have one of the oldest ceramic traditions in the world. The earliest forms of pottery were found about 13,000 years ago when most inhabitants were hunters and gatherers. The era's name, Jomon, refers to the typical patterns that are seen on the contemporary pottery which was made unglazed and baked in large bonfires. Since then Japanese pottery culture has formed its own path with some influence by their neighbours China and Korea, and it widely spread to each region of Japan. Each region has the unique style to suit their land and soil. Artists and makers spent a lot of time experimenting and further developing techniques to perfect their pottery to this day.

Porcelain
With the long history of Japanese porcelain, the first Japanese porcelain was made in towards the end of the Stone Age or the Neolithic time. During this period, the kilns and artists in different locations of Japan made glazed porcelain and pottery stoneware, including their own special type of porcelain, highlighting the artistic qualities of an organic down-to-earth austerity, simplicity, and feeling. Modern techniques were introduced by Korean potters who brought them to Japan from China and Korea. This reinvigorated Japan's love of porcelain and introduced new influences from China, Korea and Middle East. One clear example of this is Japanese blue and white porcelain.
The famous porcelain-wares are Arita-yaki, Kutani-yaki, and Kyo-yaki.