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When it comes to legacy brands, 1616 Arita Japan is as historic as they get. Their pieces are produced in the same factories used since the beginning of the Japanese ceramics movement.
1616 Arita Japan is a pottery brand with real history. Its name is a testament to its craftsmanship roots – Aritayaki is a kind of Japanese pottery that originated in the ancient ceramics town of Arita, Japan, having been introduced by the Koreans in 1616. Arita’s ceramics craftsmen still thrive in this area, and drawing on local talent enabled designer and creative director Teruhiro Yanagihara to bring his vision for 1616 Arita Japan to life. Pieces today are still produced in the same factories used for 100s of years, but with a more modern approach – everyday, elegant pottery pieces of true artistry.
Each piece in the 1616 Arita Japan collection is produced in Momota Touen, using heritage kiln-burning techniques. Their pieces are known for their extraordinary workmanship, thinness and strength – form meets function – thanks to custom clay blends.