Hagi-yaki has a tradition stretching back over 400 years and is a high-fired stoneware type of pottery. Despite being classified as stoneware, the glazes used typically produce crackled patterns which make many pieces semi-porous. As a result, with use, pieces like the one shown here will undergo changes down through the years—gradually darkening in some ares and lightening in others creating an interesting ceramic landscape.
Generally speaking, Hagi-ware is prized for its subdued colors and classical features, especially the glazing, which is often clear and vivid. Hagi is also well-known for frequently utilizing a milky, flowing white overcoating and crackled glazing. Bowls made in the classic Hagi style display not only a rustic charm, but also a subtle sophistication that has been painstakingly refined down through generations of potters.
In fine antique condition, this piece measure 5 inches in diameter (12.8 cm) and stands 3.3 inches tall (8.3 cm). It comes with a fitted wooden box and is protected by a custom fit silk shifuku which seems to have been furnished in recent years. Surprisingly light in construction, this piece is reminiscent of ancient Koryo pieces from which the Hagi traditions originates.