What are ceramics?

“Tojiki” is the collective name for Japanese ceramics. “Toki” or pottery refers to wares made from clay, while “jiki” refers to wares made from powdered ceramic stone. Pottery is usually thick and heavy, with a soft, coarase texture and an opaque quality. Porcelain is thin and light, translucent, with a hard texture and a more refined image. Wares with a quality intermediate between these two are called “sekki” or stoneware.