Bizen Keshiki, or in English view/landscape, refers to the different effects that form on the surface of Bizen ceramics during the firing in the kiln. Below is a list of some of the most common Keshiki to look out for. You can see many of these on the Bizen-Yaki that we offer in our Bizen Ware categories.
Ao means blue. A beautiful, yet subtle shade of blue dons the surface of the ceramics.
The shape and color look similar to the Japanese rice cake called botamochi, hence the naming.
Looks like a sprinkling of sesame seeds on the surface of the ceramics. Sesame seeds are known as goma in Japanese, hence the naming.
Eye catching red scorch markings created during firing due to the clay being wrapped in straw.
Meaning is "flame color". Colors such as striking bright red or reddish-brown coat areas of the ceramics.
A very desirable keshiki. The clay takes on a "crusty" texture. Usually a gray/silvery color.
Quite a varying array of colors, textures, and patches over the surface of the clay caused in the kiln during firing. One of the major keshiki and one that can give a Bizen piece an absolutely fantastic view/landscape.
A beautiful purple tone that resembles the leaf color of the perilla plant known as Shiso in Japanese. Iro simply means color.
Kin means gold in Japanese. Basically the surface of the clay takes on a gold color. Naturally a very sort after Keshiki!
Small cracks that form around tiny stones that are
used in the clay to create a desirable rough finish. The cracks are
caused during drying and firing when the clay starts to shrink. The tiny
stones don't shrink, so sometimes they cause the clay to crack open
around them. This is regularly seen as a flaw in the western world, but
is truly seen as aesthetic in Japan, and is dearly loved and prized for
adding natural beauty to ceramics!