Mizunami City is located in the eastern part of Gifu Prefecture. The town with a population of 38,000 people is one of the most well-known porcelain producing areas alongside the neighboring towns of Tajimi City and Toki City. From the 1940s until the 1950s, the porcelain manufacturers in the Mizunami area played an important role as an international manufacturer of tableware, and their technology was highly regarded in the world. In 1977, Miyama was established by Mr. Katsuya Matsuzaki, who was a school teacher. At that time, the potter’s wheel was the preferred production method, but it wasn't easy to produce western tableware using this method. Miyama was the first manufacturer to begin using the casting method to solve the issue.
Mold casting is the most suitable method for mass production, yet, every artisan in Miyama works on their task conscientiously with their hands, which give a charming flavor to their tableware. One of their main features is the white porcelain with high transparency on which soft decorations are applied, resulting in a simple but quaint aesthetic. Another unique feature of Miyama is a transfer technique called “risenyaki,” which uses Japanese paper decal made on copper plates to apply prints on porcelain with a moist brush. The added touch of risenyaki enhances the beauty of white porcelain with its printed texture.