"Making pottery is a means to be a vacuum rather than a way to express myself."
This is my first Hagi-yaki. Hagi-yaki is a form of Japanese pottery that began just prior to the Edo period. During Hideyoshi Toyatomi's invasion of Korea in the 1590's, he ordered a Hagi daimyo, Mori Terumoto to bring back two Korean potters, Yi Sukkwang and Yi Kyung to establish kilns in Hagi. This form was also called Kourai, Korean pottery.
I think it is one the most beautiful cups I've seen. It reminds me of Starry Night. Like looking at twilight.
In case anyone's wondering how to care for Hagi-yaki:
- When using it for the very first time, rinse and let is soak in water over night to remove any dust or smells from the packing
- Before each use, let it sit and absorb water to prevent tea from soaking into it and causing tea stains.
- Do not microwave.
- Avoid leaving food or liquids high in acid, oil or alcohol in it for extended periods of time in it.
- After rinsing, dry throughly before storing. Hagi-yaki absorbs water, and improper storage may cause molding.
Update: I Googled Yamane Seigan and found another interesting link here. I love being able to attach a name and a face to my tea ware. I looked around and Yamane-san seems quite fond of the blue glaze, which they have come to call Seigan blue.