The name “banko”, unlike other pottery, is not named after where it is produced. The term means “eternal existence” which was stamped on the original banko plates and pots made by founder, Nunami Rozan.
What started as a hobby in the mid 18th century when he was only 20 years old, resulted in a unique style of raku pottery (mixture of tea ceremony style and foreign influence). His work gained its popularity and he was summoned by Shogun Iyenari as official potter in Edo (Tokyo).
The most distinctive Banko-ware are the tea pots. It is made of soft grainy clay.
Please click here to see some of our Banko Items
(sorry more banko pots are to come in the near future)