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Japanese pottery is one of the oldest art forms in the archipelago. Traditional kilns are spread through many different regions in Japan. 

Arita ware is the original Japanese porcelain and comes from the Arita region in Saga prefecture on Kyushu island. It has a four hundred year history. In March this year, Saga Ceramics Research Laboratory in Arita town announced that they have developed a new technology to make Arita ware in a 3D printer, using the same material as traditional Arita ware. This is part of the Laboratory's project to commemorate four hundred years of Arita ware history. The Laboratory has been researching and developing ceramic ware production via 3D printing since April 2013.

The 3D printed Arita ware is made using powdered sand. The pot is made of many layers of sand which are glued together. After the body is made, the ceramic object is fired in a normal kiln. It still has strength issues. However, if it can be commercially developed, it will be possible to make complicated and delicately shaped ceramics within a short time. The center believes that it has the potential to create complicated, custom ceramic ware.

3D printing could be used for mass production - or for a single unique item. 3D ceramic ware printing is a technology but it is being developed by people who pour their passion into research and continuous improvement. It exemplifies the spirit of Japanese craftsmanship. 

Japan is one of the best countries at making high quality crafts due to the dedication of its craftspeople. 

The wabizest collection of ceramics is hand made by individual potters. Hand made pottery is the best way to guarantee that each single item is completely unique and individual. 

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