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About Hagi yaki
Hagi ware is a type of Japanese pottery traditionally from the town of Hagi, Yamaguchi, in the former Nagato Province.
The skills for making this craft was imported into Japan from Korea in the early 1600s.
Hagi ware flourished during the Edo Period (1603-1867) and was highly prized as tea wares for the tea ceremony.
The beauty of Hagi ware is appreciated not only for its earthy colors but also the glaze. The translucent beige glaze is to draw out the natural, deep colors of the clay.
The charms of Hagi ware's rough clay and rich, pockmarked surfaces, laced with cracks in the glaze, take on character and deeper tones with age and use.
Its blushing, soft reddish and creamy white glazes, displaying the voluptuous warmth of living flesh, are often described in feminine terms.
About water repellent processing
Hagi ware has a fine crack of glaze called "Craze" on the surface of pottery. Through this intrusion,
we are giving a soft gloss and texture unique to pottery. The color of Hagi ware changes over time with use, as tea residuals enter the miniscule openings on its surface.
Clay used for Hagi ware is coarse, and due to its texture, color of ware is unique.
Since the color changes as you use, the process is called "Hagi's seven changes (Hagi no Nanabake)" This characteristic is highly appreciated by tea enthusiasts.
We would like you to use like "grow" it.
Changing color as you use is a proof that the item is alive. This item has been loved in Japanese culture for many years and it tells us happiness and importance of loving for long time.