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— by juliana neira: dating back to the 14th century, bizen ware is a type of japanese pottery traditionally from the bizen province. characterized by its significant hardness due to high temperature firing without glazing, favorable changes during this process often produce unexpected changes in color and different surface effects depending on the temperature of the kiln. also, different patterns can be achieved by  wrapping rice straws around a pot while the color and texture gradually change over time, giving these pieces special and unique characteristics…

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July 17, 2019