Mie prefecture in Japan has always been home to many famous Ceramic manufacturers. In 2005 four of these manufacturers, specialized in Bankoyaki Ceramics, decided to join forces and establish a new company called 4th-market.
The main focus of Japanese “Bankoyaki” artisans is to create beautiful and practical pottery suitable for day to day use.
Bankoyaki dates back to the 18 century Edo period. The famous Tokaido trade route between Edo and Kyoto brought prosperity to the region, encouraging local potteries to start producing more ceramics.
All four manufacturers that formed 4th-market have their own unique specialism. While some of them are already more than a hundred years old, all of them have at least half a century of experience in creating ceramics. All 4th-market products are hand made. All ceramic moulds are created and maintained by highly experienced artisans.