Bizen Ware, or Bizen-yaki, has a history of more than a thousand years, and is said to be the oldest ancient pottery style (Bizen is the old name for the region currently known as Okayama). Bizen Ware took the current form during the Kamakura period (late 12C – early 14C). Because Bizen Ware had great durability, the techniques of Bizen Ware were used in pots, jars and mortars.
Born in 1977, Narutaki (Kiko Ando) has won a number of awards. His Bizen-yaki potteries with the “Narutaki” brand have been created with a focus on everyday usage, as opposed to display purposes. He currently resides in Okayama prefecture.