Japanese Vintage Hagi Ware Pottery Mizusashi or Lidded Canister by Famous Potter Shogetsu Tamamura. This is a A beautiful hand molded Mizusashi in gold with white glaze. It is hand made, painted and glazed. A Mizusashi is most often used for tea ceremonies to replenish water for the tea kettle or clean the utensils. They are also wonderful to use as a food container, for either those stored at room temperature or kept refrigerated. They also make nice decorative utilitarian pieces for the home. This piece was made about 40 years ago by the famous and now deceased, Shogetsu Tamamura. He was a very famous artist in Japan. This is a very well made piece of Hagi mizusashi and very attractive. it is in very good condition with no cracks or chips. It is signed by the potter as seen in the pictures.
SIZE : Height 6.1" or 15.50 cms; Diameter 5.5" or 13.97 cms,
Weight 990 grams or 2.18 lbs. unpacked
About the Potter Shogetsu Tamamura, 1918 – 1984
Tamamura Shogetsu 玉村松月 established his Kofuan kiln in Bizen City in 1952 and gained a considerable reputation until his death in 1984. So much so that his name was passed on to one of his sons, who continues to work from this kiln today. His other son is also a potter. The works and history of Toyo Tamamura can be found on Japanese Pottery Net, the link to which is in our Favorites on our home page. I can find more about his son on the internet than I can about him on the internet so need to consult the books. Shogetsu was well known for his fine tea ceremony items including KOGO, my weakness, and one of which I found for sell. Most of his items in the US now are in private collections.
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.