Japan has the world’s longest history in making pottery by firing clay. The earliest clay-fired pieces date back to Jomon pottery created 16,000 years ago. They were made by kneading and shaping clay, and then solidified by firing for enhanced durability. Through this process, one can see potters’ ingenuity and artisanal skills as well as the evolving sense of beauty and value attached to pottery. Find out below the variations of Japanese pottery and its beauty by looking at different schools or styles: The six ancient kilns, or Rokkoyo, typical of unglazed pottery originating from earthenware; the colorful and decorative Arita-yaki and Kutani-yaki, refined by Chinese and Korean influences; Raku-yaki and Oribe-yaki, along with the Rinpa school of pottery, based on the wabi aesthetic and minimalism from the late Muromachi period. Modern works include folk-style, utilitarian pottery elaborated by Shoji Hamada and Kanjiro Kawai, praised for their practical elegance. More contemporary Japanese ceramic works are represented here as well, focusing on Koichi Uchida, Masanobu Ando, and Taizo Kuroda.