The inaugural INAX Museums collection is Kiln Plaza, featuring a black-walled stoneware pipe factory
whose tall chimney and large interior kiln are symbols that have helped recount the history of Tokonameware. The renovated and consolidated structure was opened to the public in 1986, with the hopes of passing along this heritage to future generations.
This history represents the beginnings of the INAX Museums collection, which has been continuing
to expand ever since this time. This includes goods that have enriched peoples' lives such as decorative tiles from around the world, architectural terracotta, pottery toilets, and stoneware pipes, along with ceramic wares that have played an integral role in modern Japanese life.
Three years of maintenance work have taken place at Kiln Plaza, which is a cultural asset symbolizing modern monozukuri. On the occasion of its re-opening, we are pleased to host a consolidated, museum-wide exposition featuring precious objets d'art culled from our archives that have rarely been exhibited to date.
While many of these ceramic wares do not feature within the catalogue of Japanese art history, they have been essential to peoples' lives and to the modernization of Japan. Herein, we find essential notions of beauty such as a sincere spirit of craftsmanship, as well as a desire to enliven the everyday.
This is a unique opportunity to view a rare collection, which includes items that offer a fascinating glimpse into peoples' lives and the innovations of manufacturing. We invite you to enter this alluring world, whose ceramic articles are as delicate as they are strong.