The history of Mino ware began in the 8th century with the start of production of Sue ware in the Tono region. Ash-glazed porcelain had been produced on an industrial scale since the 10th century. Ruins of kilns in the area has provided evidence for this. Eventually, production of ash-glazed pottery faded out to be replaced by non-glazed pottery. The trend spread throughout Tajimi, and lasted through the Kamakura period to the end of the Muromachi period.
At the end of the 15th century, kiln technology improved, changing from traditional underground constructions to large above ground type kilns. Production shifted from unglazed Mountain tea bowls to glazed pottery. The glazing was accomplished by using wood ash and iron sand (iron oxide). The types of products produced in the late 15th century include household items such as pestles (Suribachi), pots, plates, bowls, and other products that imitated the Chinese Karamono products popular among wealthy people at the time. Tea utensils, vases, Tenmoku bowls and other items, were all made in Japanese style. Among the most notable kilns are the first large kiln built in Mino, and an Onada kiln that operated in the early 16th century. Diggings in 1995 provided evidence for this.
After that, the production of tea pottery in large kilns in the latter half of the 16th century began with the transfer of workers from Seto to Mino, and the production of Mino Momoyama pottery. In the 17th century, the production of tea pottery ceased and an era of household appliances production began. In the latter half of the 18th century, kilns started producing dyed porcelain imitating Kyushu Arita porcelain. Our area is now dominated by porcelain production but many other types of pottery is also made here.