Japanese vintage Hagi-yaki pottery incense case of an applied raised dragon or Ryu- was made by the 12th Master potter Tobei Tawara, 1925-1999, It is about 30-40 years old. Tawara is a very famous artist in Japan. A kogo is used for holding incense and historically most often at the tea ceremony, the temple, or for the small worship area in the home. The kogo are also wonderful items of character to decorate with, in addition to placing small items in and around the house. Many have large collections of them, they make a great collector's item, including me.
This fine pottery kogo is hand made by Master Tahara and the designs are hand tooled. It is then hand painted, then dipped in the sheer white glaze. The sheerness of these glazes always varies. It is in very good condition with expected and minor age wear. It has one chip and the bottom rim of the lid which is the typical place to occur and not seen nor distracts from the beauty.
The potter's stamp is impressed on the bottom. It comes with the signed original tomobako or box made for storage of the item and a cleaning cloth with stamp.
Size: Diameter 2.4 inches or 5 cm, Height 1.4inches or 3.5 cm. Weight 50 grams
he Potter Master Potter Tobei Tahara XII 山口県 1925-1999
Tobei Tahara was an Important intangible cultural heritage (translated) or Human Cultural Treasure of Yamaguchi Prefecture. He was a legendary potter very highly evaluated for his works. He won many awards and prizes, in addition to being exhibited all over the world. His works are illustrated in a number of books, catalogs and magazines and he helped set a new standard for Hagi-yaki which is still carried on. A short bibliography, translated from a Japan blogger: Tobei Tahara was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture Nagato as the second son of Samurai Shirota Harasue. In response to convene in the old system Yamaguchi kotogakko student in 1944, and over Manchuria. Detained in Siberia along with the 1945 end of the war, in 1948, demobilized from Siberia. The Shumei 1956 12 Shirota Harasue Samurai. Certification in Yamaguchi Prefecture designated intangible cultural heritage in 1981, he died September 27, 1991.
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.