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Oribe ware (織部焼 Oribe-yaki ) is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable for its use of green copper glaze and bold painted design. It was the first use of colored stoneware glaze by Japanese potters.
Oribe is a style of pottery with much variation. There is a great variety in type of ware as well as surface treatment. Like many types of Japanese pottery, bowls and dishes are common. Oribe wares also include lidded jars and handled food containers.
The clay body typically has a high-iron content and is formed by hand, on a potter’s wheel, or by drape molding. The surface of Oribe is painted and decorated with lively surface designs, which may be natural effects, geometric patterns, or a combination of the two. White slip and clear glaze are also used.
For the brilliant green color, wares are fired in oxidation at 1220 degrees Celsius. If these conditions are not met, the glaze may be brown or red.