The Kutani-yaki ware is one of the famous ceramics of Japan along with Arita and Imari ceramics from Saga Prefecture and Seto ceramics from Aichi Prefecture.
The origin of Kutani-yaki ware was made known by Lord Toshiharu Maeda, who ruled the area in early Edo period; for economic stability for Kutani, he put his attention to the porcelain mine in the area, and had his people begin to produce porcelain ware.
Its technique is generally similar to Imari ware and became known as the "Japanese Kutani" worldwide by Vienna World Exposition of 1873.
Although there are some differences in patterns and coloration depending upon the time periods, Kutani-yaki ware has a gorgeous pictorial expression using five colors of green, yellow, red and the bluish purple blue. Also the motifs are various, such as geometric design or the hand drawings of familiar bird, trees or plants.
They are active in developing young potters in Ishikawa and new designs and expression are born by using traditional technique.