This Japanese Hagi Ware Pottery pink hanging flower bud vase was made by Potter Umeda Tōraku written 梅田 陶楽. It is handmade and hand glazed. It does stand flat, is tall and slender, glazed in one of the familiar Hagi patterns, a ‘mottled’ or spotted look in shades of peach or pink. A small bamboo handle runs through the top, made as a hanging vase for the tea ceremony. Of course, it can be used as either, but look lovely hanging from an eave on the outside of your home over a patio, or even the inside for a party. It comes with the signed tomobako om which is written ‘Hagi yaki Flower Vase’ on the top right, then the potters name and cartouche on the bottom left. The original tomobako is very important to have for added value to Japanese pieces. Japanese pottery with original tomobako make wonderful gifts. The friend who helped me with the writing also found a youtube video by the potter so we have added it to our Favorite Links on our Homepage under the potter's name. It is quite interesting.
It is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. The point where the glaze stops on the bottom is how it was made, which is pretty neat- showing the unfinished pottery. There are a lot of shadows and glare on my pictures but there are no spots on the piece. The potter inscribed it on the bottom but the mark is very small and hard to photograph. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We have noticed smells from items received recently, again please let us know if you have any questions. This one has no smells, this is from a well- known and honest, quality antiques dealer's piece.
SIZE: Height 9.5 inches or 24.13 cm, Diameter at bottom 2.5 inches or 6.35 cm, at top 1.5 inches or 3.81 cm
Hagi yaki 萩焼き
The origins of Hagi yaki ware go back about 400 years. It was brought to Japan by potters returning from Korea. There was a decisive battle in 1600 in which the Lord Mori, who was protecting the Korean potters, was defeated, and subsequently moved his castle to Hagi. At this point, a kiln was opened in Hagi, and this was the starting point of Hagi yaki ware. In later times, the style was changed and diversified. One of the features of Hagi yaki ware is the feeling of softness and warmth of the soil in the finished product. It has been used mainly for tea ceremony implements, and the art has been improved and developed. Now, Hagi yaki ware is highly valued as one of the world's greatest types of earthenware.
Another feature of Hagi ware is that it contains cracks, known as 'Kannyu', in its foundation. This gives it different properties of ventilation and water permeability to porcelain. This glaze was first made by Living National Treasure. His brother carried on the method as he studied under his older brother, the 10th Kyusetsu, at the Miwa kiln, one of the best kilns for Hagi ware. After he was designated a Living National Treasure ‘following his older brother’, he renamed himself Jusetsu.
Part of the charm of Hagi ware is the incrustation of tea into the cracks through use, resulting in subtle changes of pattern and color. This is the reason that Hagi ware is respected, and the respect is demonstrated in ancient sayings originating from the world of tea earthenware such as, 'one Raku, two Hagi, three Karatsu', and 'The seven changes of Hagi'. Another element of the charm of Hagi yaki ware is that it gives a feeling of amorousness combined with simplicity. Moreover, the shade will change gradually through use. Enjoy this transformation, and feel the softness and warmth in your hand.
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