The History and Unique Qualities of Ceramics and Tile Art Gathered Together in One Place
The Kiln Plaza underwent maintenance work and reopened after three years in October 2019. The aim of this large-scale project was to restore the kiln, building, and chimney to its original appearance roughly 100 years ago and to preserve its appearance for future generations 100 years into the future.
The outer walls and roof tiles were meticulously renewed, and the large, impressive brick kiln and the exposed cedar beams and posts were restored to appear as they would have at the time the plant was in operation. Another point of interest is the projection mapping which imitates the appearance of the kiln when it was in working condition through a fully immersive visual experience.
The Tile Museum was established when a collector of ancient tiles donated his collection to Tokoname-City. Operated by Japans’ largest home hardware company, LIXIL Corporation, makers of the INAX ceramic toilets and toilet bowls, the museum also features some 150 elaborately designed and decorated porcelain toilets from Japan’s Meiji (1868-1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) periods, along with more modern designed, surprising toilets. Twenty-eight key exhibits keep your attention, and even the bathroom facilities become part of the experience. This may seem above children’s understanding and interest levels, but it really is a fascinating collection, and very well displayed too.
See tile and terracotta pieces which decorated Japanese buildings in the early 1900s at the Architectural Terracotta Museum and outdoor Terracotta Park.
Through artifacts and documents, the Ceramics Lab presents the traditions and techniques of craftsmanship cultivated in the pottery town of Tokoname. Here, the Cermaics Lab consistently works towards new possibilities and innovation in the field of ceramics by studying the traditional techniques and the inherited skills of pottery production.
The museums’ Clay Works and Tiling Workshop provides you with the opportunity to make your own clay, ceramic, and mosaic tile art objects and items, including ceramic tile clock painting, Deco mosaic Art, mini ceramic toilet painting, Lustrous Clay Ball creation and more.
A restaurant serving authentic wood-fired pizza, and souvenir shops with original merchandise round out your visit to this unique museum. By the end of the day you’ll be all tiled out!
Special Exhibition "Objet d'art collection: tiles, architectural terracotta, and assorted ceramic wares"
Exhibition Period: October 5th (Saturday), 2019 to March 31st (Tuesday), 2020
Venue: On the grounds of the INAX MUSEUMS, centered around exhibition rooms in the Clay Works and Tile Museum
"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. 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."