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Hagi Chawan by Yamato Yoshitaka

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Kami-cho 2-2-6, Ageo-shi
Saitama-ken, Japan 362-0037

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This wonderful chawan (tea bowl) was made by a recognized Hagi potter named Yamato Yoshitaka (1944-2010).

Hagi pottery is one of the best known Japanese ceramics; it bears the name of the town where it was born. The first Hagi kiln was established in 1648 by Korean potters who had been brought to Japan by the local lord, Mori Terumoto (1553-1625). Although they were supposed to produce potteries to be used exclusively by the Mori clan, Hagi potters purposely made dents in the rims of the bowls they were making to be able to sell them to merchants. The Yamato family of potters has been associated with Hagi pottery since the end of the 19th century, when Yamato Shoroku (the 11th Rinchinan) established the Shoroku kiln in 1895.

The milky glaze over the red Hagi clay dress the chawan in an elegant silky robe with subtle pink gradations. The small embedded stones have created crackles and opened small crevasses that toughen the look and feel of the vessel and link it back to its ancestors; the humble Korean bowls that awed 16th century Japanese tea masters.

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The chawan is in excellent condition. It will be shipped in a signed wooden box.
Dimensions: 16 x 9 cm (6.4 x 6 x 3.6 in), 408 g (14.3)

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