Kyoto ware (Kyo-yaki) refers broadly to pottery made in Kyoto. In the past, when Kyoto was the capital of the country, the highest quality in all cultural products was sought. Kyoto ware was one such product. In response to demand, it continues today to change and respond in terms of design and variety.
After the shaped object has been dried, the next step is to fire it in its unglazed form, which is called suyaki. The firing temperature for suyaki varies considerably, but it is generally raised to about 800°C. Suyaki makes it much easier to decorate the surface of the object. After decoration the temperature is raised even higher to about 1250°C) to complete the final firing.