Stretching back over 400 years, Hagi-yaki is second only to Raku for its favor among tea people. Prized for its subdued colors and classical features—especially the glazing—which is often clear and vivid; Hagi is most often described as a high-fired stoneware type of pottery, though it often tends to be porous in nature. One commonly noted feature of Hagi is its tendency to change color with age as it is gradually darken over time as it very slowly absorbs, and is stained by the tea. Some say that, in this way, these tea bowls undergo ’seven transformations’ (nanabake)—making them more valuable with each passing iteration and more prized by tea masters. This particular bowl is from Jyozan Kiln—a small family-run kiln in Yamaguchi prefecture.
In excellent condition, this piece is inches ( cm) in diameter and stands inches ( cm) tall. Watanabe’s seal can be seen next to the kodai (foot) of the tea bowl and it comes with an original wood box signed and sealed by the artist. Inside the box there is a heavy protective silk cloth and the cha-sen seen next to the tea bowl is also included.