ZERO JAPAN is based in the Mino pottery region, which has a pottery history of about 1300 years. The clean, great quality clay found in this region makes the pottery almost as white as porcelain, and therefore a great base for the colourful glazes of ZERO JAPAN.

Mino ceramic production Mino ceramic production

ZERO JAPAN's products are stoneware. This means they are baked at 1200°C. Stoneware is stronger than earthenware. ZERO JAPAN combines traditional Japanese craftmanship with modern design. The production involves a lot of handwork.The liquid clay is poured into the mould, one by one. When it has hardened enough, the teapot is taken out of the mould in one piece. The end of the spout and rims are cut open by knife. Then the still soft clay pots are polished by hand very carefully. After drying for about a day the products are bisque fired, cooled down and glazed one-by-one by hand. After that the products are baked once more at 1200°C. The crackle products will have to go through a few more production steps until they are also ready for shipment.

Producing the mould Producing the mould

Filling the mould with clay Filling the mould with clay

Taking the teapot out of the mould Taking the teapot out of the mould

Drying after moulding Drying after moulding

Bisque firing Bisque firing

Glazing by hand Glazing by hand

Baking in the kiln Baking in the kiln

Final check and packing Final check and packing