Design of mixing color of dark navy blue and white crystalline glaze express mysterious galaxy. It's hard technique to stabilize this beautiful color (probably 2~3 out of 10 cups can become this color). Round shape of this cup fits to palm of your hands. Inside cup is smooth and the width is very well for Matcha.
Hagi-yaki (萩焼) is one of the most identical pottery artwork in Yamaguchi prefecture. It originated in the end of 16th century under General Toyotomi Hideyoshi era with the introduction of pottery brought back from Korea. After this era pottery artwork has spread to all over the place in Japan and developed as different types of pottery, such as Arita yaki. Hagi-yaki has developed around the beginning of 1600 in Hagi area, Yamaguchi prefecture.
Clay for Hagi-yaki is mixture of different types of clay (mainly beige color of Daidotsuchi, and red or black color of Mishimatsuchi which contains lots of Iron).
Hagi-yaki is ranked very high position in the world of tea ware tools and very expensive so that Hagi-yaki tea wares have been attracting many Chajin(茶人)= tea masters in Japan.
A significant character of Hagi-yaki ware is 'Hagi no nanabake' (seven transformations) which means more you use the hagi-yaki ware, it changes its color. The beauty of change in color over time has been attracting people.
Born in Hagi-shi, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on 6 January in 1952. The name of Seigan (清玩) means Sei(清)=Pure, gan(玩)＝comes from the word of 'toy' (玩具). He named himself Seigan because he wants to remember the pure and innocent creations of child and relief yourself from a frame of being adult.
His tea wares are very popular not only in Japan but also outside from Japan. Seigan learned Hagi-yaki by himself without any master. His pottery art has a lot of varieties with more than 1,000 shapes and over 10 different kind of glaze.
Name: Aohagi Raku Gata, Galaxy 550ml
Japanese Name: 青萩茶碗 楽型・銀河 (あおはぎちゃわん らくがた・ぎんが)
Artist: Yamane Seigan 山根清玩
Volume: About 550 ml (15.83 fl oz)
Top Diameter: 12 cm (4.72 in)
Height: 8.3 cm (3.26 in)
Weight: 335 gram (11.81 oz)
Note: Color may not be exactly as photographed. Dot not use in dishwasher or microwave.
*Measurements above are approximate
Name: Kumagai Nobuchika
Studio Name: JIBITA
Location: 25-27 Furuhagimachi, Hagi-shi, Yamaguchi Prefecture, 758-0026 Japan