Kobeigama was founded in 1800 by Kobei Kato I in Ichinokura-go, Mino province, and quickly became the official kiln for supplying tinted tableware to the Edo Honmaru and Nishi Gomaru castles. Koubei V (1893-1982), who succeeded Koubei V (1893-1982), the second generation who produced elegant and exquisite underglaze blue porcelain, Koubei III who devoted himself to the study of Xuande Chinese underglaze blue, and Koubei IV who was a master of his art, created numerous masterpieces using a wide range of techniques, from Chinese ceramics such as celadon, gold brocade, underglaze blue, red glaze and tenmoku to ceramics from the Qianshan and Li dynasties, and laid the foundations for the Koubei kiln. The foundations of the Koubei kilns were laid.
Takuo Kato VI (1917-2005), after years of research, restored the techniques of Persian ceramics and Shosoin three-colour painting and produced a fusion of tradition and originality, including lustre objects, blue glazes, three-colour painting and Persian colour painting. These achievements have earned him recognition as a living national treasure.
The current head of the family, Kato Koubei VII, is active in a wide range of styles, including his own contemporary style, Momoyama ceramics and Persian ceramics. Under the direction of Koubei VII, the kiln has more than 20 skilled craftsmen who aspire to produce elegant Japanese tableware.