Among the things I contemplate while waiting for sushi are the aesthetics of Japanese tableware. It’s so sleek! So minimal! So utilitarian! But how? The Freer Gallery of Art explains the emergence of Oribe ware, an early-17th-century style that incorporated patterns and shiny black and green glazes into dishes and tea vessels that were previously monochromatic. Flowers, vines, dots, and stripes mark the pots and cups on display at the museum. This style transformation came courtesy of the Motoyashiki multi-chamber climbing kiln, a new piece of technology that allowed artisans to make glazes even more transparent, while the green colors came from an oxidized copper glaze. After discovering how the tasteful decorative dishes are made, you’ll likely leave craving something else to taste. The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to June 14 at the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. (202) 633-4880.