Porcelain production: tools, methods, and materials

The town of Arita was the porcelain centre of Japan. The discovery of porcelain clay deposits in the 1610s with technology and knowledge from China and Korea enabled its success.

Arita and the surrounding region still produces porcelain today. For efficiency and uniformity, modern methods such as slip-casting, where liquid clay is poured into a limestone mould, are used.

Other aspects of production, like the techniques used in underglaze decorating and overglaze painting techniques remain the same since the 1700s.