Produced in Gifu prefecture since the mid-Heian period (794-1185), Oribe-yaki is a part of Mino-yaki (Mino ware).
Oribe Furuta was one of the most influential tea masters in Japan. He succeeded Sen no Rikyu in the 16th century. He introduced a feeling of modernism through his approach to ceramics and other arts and crafts, compared to the austereness dominant during the time. His use of unusual and organic shapes, and boldly colored glazes and designs was such a departure, that it was influential far beyond just the ceramic and tea ceremony circles.