Loading Spinner

Japanese Ceramics & Pottery

The Japanese have created ceramics and pottery since the Neolithic times. Many Japanese ceramics like porcelain pottery incorporated Chinese and Korean aesthetics. However, even after the height of porcelain popularity in the Eastern and Western world, Japan still maintained a preference for unglazed, imperfect, and raw earthenware that exhibited deliberate impressions of a maker’s hand.

The first earthenware in Japan, created around the 6th century B.C., was Jomon pottery These were characterized by hand coiled decorations and impressions. Jomon pottery was never made by wheel and solely formed by hand from stacking coils on top of coils, and later smoothing out parts of the surface. It wasn’t until the 3rd or 4th century that, with the arrival of the Chinese in Japan, the potter’s wheel makes an appearance in Japanese history.

In keeping with the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic, many Japanese potters and ceramists still rejected the use of the potting wheel in favor of imperfect and unfinished looking pieces. To emphasize this rough and raw quality, many of such Japanese ceramic works were very simply painted and minimally decorated.


Quick Facts

  • In order to fit a more heavy duty workload, the Japanese tended to avoid glazing ceramic ware for funerals, food storage, and kitchen pots. The few that were glazed were most often coated in one simple awaji green color
  • Seto-mono, later becoming known as the generic standard of ceramic pottery, imitated Chinese pottery and glazing techniques using ash, iron black, feldspar white, and copper green glazes
  • Japanese Raku pottery is also particularly popular and well-known to this day. Developed in the 1500s for ceremony and Buddhism, it is characterized by metallic-colored glazes and many small cracks created by rapid changes in temperature. These cracks are valued as part of the beauty of the ceramic object

Recommended Items at Auction

See all items

LARGE TILE WITH CRANES, JAPA
Apr 15, 10:00 AM CEST
LARGE TILE WITH CRANES, JAPA
by Historia Auctionata
Est: €0- €0
€3002 Bids
bp parity badge
LOT OF JAPANESE FLORAL POTTERY
Apr 18, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF JAPANESE FLORAL POTTERY
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
A blue and white Japanese jardiniere featuring cherry blossom (H:20cm)
Apr 18, 1:00 PM AEST
A blue and white Japanese jardiniere featuring cherry blossom (H:20cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD151 Bid
73pc Golden Rhapsody Fine China Kayson's Japan
Apr 14, 9:00 AM MST
73pc Golden Rhapsody Fine China Kayson's Japan
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
bp parity badge
NOVELTY JAPANESE BOY & GIRL SALT SHAKERS ON BENCH + FIGURAL LIDDED TOMATO POT + TWO VINTAGE WALL POCKETS
Apr 18, 9:00 AM AEST
NOVELTY JAPANESE BOY & GIRL SALT SHAKERS ON BENCH + FIGURAL LIDDED TOMATO POT + TWO VINTAGE WALL POCKETS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
bp parity badge
LOT OF AUSTRALIANA INC. PAIR OF JAPANESE KOOKABURRA S&P SHAKERS + 2X BROWNIE DOWNING + STUDIO ANNA BOWLS
Apr 18, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF AUSTRALIANA INC. PAIR OF JAPANESE KOOKABURRA S&P SHAKERS + 2X BROWNIE DOWNING + STUDIO ANNA BOWLS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
(2) Vintage Japanese Porcelain Wall Pockets
Apr 13, 10:00 AM MST
(2) Vintage Japanese Porcelain Wall Pockets
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Japanese And Italian Large Ceramic Trays Ca. 1920, W 11" L 16" Dia. 15" 2 pcs
Apr 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Japanese And Italian Large Ceramic Trays Ca. 1920, W 11" L 16" Dia. 15" 2 pcs
by DuMouchelles
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
Japanese jug, H 29.6 cm.
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CEST
Japanese jug, H 29.6 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €100- €300
€1000 Bids
Various Japanese tableware
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CEST
Various Japanese tableware
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €40- €120
€400 Bids
Japanese Meiji Period Hand Painted Porcelain Planter in the Form of a Cloth Bag
May 05, 10:00 AM PDT
Japanese Meiji Period Hand Painted Porcelain Planter in the Form of a Cloth Bag
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $300- $400
$2500 Bids
JAPAN - SUMIDAGAWA GLAZED STONEWARE SERVICE, CIRCA 1900.
Apr 27, 11:00 AM CEST
JAPAN - SUMIDAGAWA GLAZED STONEWARE SERVICE, CIRCA 1900.
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €100- €200
€1000 Bids
Collector's Lot of Assorted Vintage Japanese Pottery
Apr 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Collector's Lot of Assorted Vintage Japanese Pottery
by Material Culture
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
Japanese Dinner Service
Apr 20, 9:00 AM EDT
Japanese Dinner Service
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$50 Bids
Japanese Seto Pottery Ware Bottle
May 14, 11:00 AM EDT
Japanese Seto Pottery Ware Bottle
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
LOTTO DI TRE OGGETTI IN PORCELLANA E CERAMICA POLICROMA, CINA E GIAPPONE, XIX-XX SECOLO
Apr 16, 3:00 PM CEST
LOTTO DI TRE OGGETTI IN PORCELLANA E CERAMICA POLICROMA, CINA E GIAPPONE, XIX-XX SECOLO
by Wannenes Art Auctions
Est: €50- €70
€500 Bids
5 Old & Antique Japanese Blue and White Porcelain
Apr 14, 10:00 AM EDT
5 Old & Antique Japanese Blue and White Porcelain
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $50- $75
$200 Bids
Japanese Studio Porcelain Jardiniere
Apr 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Japanese Studio Porcelain Jardiniere
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
(lot of 3) Japanese Arita blue and white vessels
Apr 19, 9:30 AM PDT
(lot of 3) Japanese Arita blue and white vessels
by Clars Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
JAPANESE BLUE & WHITE PORCELAIN FLUTED JARDINIERE PLANTER
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CDT
JAPANESE BLUE & WHITE PORCELAIN FLUTED JARDINIERE PLANTER
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1500 Bids
HIROYUKI WAKIMOTO (B.1952) JAPANESE BIZEN WARE POTTERY VESSEL
Apr 19, 10:00 AM CDT
HIROYUKI WAKIMOTO (B.1952) JAPANESE BIZEN WARE POTTERY VESSEL
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
A VERY LARGE 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD BLUE AND WHITE RECTANGULAR TRAY painted with a house
Apr 25, 10:00 AM BST
A VERY LARGE 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD BLUE AND WHITE RECTANGULAR TRAY painted with a house
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £100- £150
£800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Japanese Ceramics & Pottery


Albion Antique Auction Centre

Albion Antique Auction Centre

Hannam's Auctioneers

Hannam's Auctioneers

Clars Auctions

Clars Auctions