Japanese vintage Hagi -yaki pottery sake cup was made by the very famous Seigan Yamane, who is known worldwide. The sake cup is about 20-30 years ago. He is known especially for the blue color glaze seen on this sake cup called 'Sengan Blue'. Please see more below about this great potter.
The work of Seigan is fine. Three color glazes white, blue, and dark brown are poured on the brown earthenware.He has marked it on the bottom with his stamp, along with the faux- belt-like piece in an 'x' pattern. It is very well made with great shape and a beautiful blue glaze naturally bordered around the bottom with natural clay.
The storage box or tomobako is included with this piece or the original box made for the item. The front left of the box is signed and stamped with his signature also written on this box. This work is a very good condition also without a crack and a chip in a new article.
Size: Diameter 3.1 inches or 8 cm, Heigth 2.8 inches or 7 cm.
About Hagi ware
Hagi Ware is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable for its humble forms and use of translucent white glaze. It originated in the early 17th century with the introduction of potters brought back from the Japanese invasions of Korea. The local daimyo of the time was very interested in tea ceremony and funded the production of this ware. Potters mix different types of local clay. The most standard result is a pink-orange color, called Korean clay. Wares are formed on the wheel and decorated with translucent glaze made of feldspar and ash. The signature chip located on the bottom is a local tradition from the Edo period when potters would deliberately mark their wares in order to sell them to merchants instead of presenting them as gifts to the Mori clan.
About the Artist
This the work of famous ceramist Seigan Yamane of Hagi ware. Seigan is often found adding an original flair to the existing traditional techniques and is always doing his best in making a traditional new work.
Seigan Yamane was born in 1952 and started making Hagi ware in 1987. And then, he started his own pottery in 1992 and has ever been awarded a lot of prizes for his great works. The Seigan Blue was developed in 2002, and he became famous for it.
He is always working on his techniques. He is the famous ceramist who made the genre of the new Hagi ware called Ao-Hagi or blue Hagi took him years of research to establish.
This work is a very beautiful ‘Oni Seigan blue Guinomi Sake Cup’, or a blue Hagi ware Guinomi Sake Cup, Oni-Hagi type for which famous Seigan blue was used. The blue of this work is coloring in blue clearer than usual or the Seigan blue glaze made him famous.
The clay peculiar to a bush clover in which the clay with which lots of rough sand mixed with Oni-Hagi. Oni-Hagi clay is also the big feature of Hagi ware. The style of a tall foot or kodai with the cut-in part was designed by him and also used on Hagi and now other tea bowls and cups and is called a 'warikodai'.
from Seigan website