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This lovely white Hagi chawan rests firmly on a wari kodai or “split foot.” The crackled milky glaze varies in consistency across the curves and contours of the bowl with some areas tending towards a faint brown, adding an interesting dimension to the landscape.
The creator of this piece Matsuura Mugen (1944 - ) has spent his life in the pursuit of perfecting the art of Hagi. In his formative years as a potter, he was fortunate enough to study under Living National Treasure Miwa Kyusetsu the 10th (Kyuwa). Later in 1980, he established his own kiln in the town of Hagi. In 2004 his pieces were displayed at the Yamaguchi Prefectural Hagi Museum as part of a special exhibition celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Hagi Potter’s Association.
This piece has a diameter of 6.1 inches (15.5 cm) and stands 3.3 inches tall (8.5 cm). It bears the artist’s seal at the base of the kodai and comes wrapped in a yellow cloth. It also comes with a signed and stamped tomobako and an insert inside detailing the artist, the kiln, and a brief history of Hagi-ware.