This Japanese Hagi Ware pottery vase was made by the great Human Cultural Treasure Koki Nosaka, b. 1931. Hagi-yaki is a prefectural designated cultural property in Yamaguchi Japan, and he is a master of it. He was designated as a Human Cultural Treasure from Yamaguchi prefecture in 2002. He a Japanese order, the 5th Class, Gold and Silver Rays from Japanese Government in 2008, another very high award in Japan for an artist to receive, and among many other awards. A cylindrical vase is handmade and hand-glazed in the traditional and wonderful warm Hagi ware colors of cream and beige. It is made with a unique design and such, is a great piece for ikebana or flower arrangement with a cut-out window just above the center to pull vines through or place more flowers through. It is a standing vase made for the tea ceremony and would make a lovely decoration piece in many rooms. It is about 40 years old. It comes with the original signed tomobako made especially for this item which is very important for the value of and care and storage for this piece. The potter has inscribed his name on the bottom.
It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips and has some minor surface wear only.Please see the pictures and ask any questions. 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. Please note that the tomobako significantly adds to the weight of the package and therefore shipping. It is you option not to take it, but not recommended for a signed piece.
SIZE: Height 8 in. or 20.2 cm, Diameter 3.5 in. or 9 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. 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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