After studying under Living National Treasure Miwa Kyusetsu the 10th, the perfection of Hagi-yaki became Mugen Matsuura's (1944 - ) life long mission, as seen in this wari kodai, or split foot, Hagi yunomi. His pieces were part of the exhibit celebrating 400 years of Hagi in 2004. Matsuura's signature is stamped on the bottom of cup which is presented in the original kiri-bako.
Hagi ware developed in Yamaguchi prefecture during the late 16th century when potters were brought from Korea following invasions. The subtle forms and warm, natural hues are highly regarded and blend perfectly with the humble nature of Japanese tea. The old adage "Raku first, Hagi second and Karatsu third" indicates the regard with which Hagi is held. The small notch in the turned foot of the cups was originally a way for artisans to sell their wares to merchants rather than be required to present them as gifts to the Mori clan during the Edo era.
diameter 7.8cm ◎ height 9.7cm
CARING FOR YOUR TEA WARE : All craft-made ceramic and porcelain tea ware should be treated with more care than you would your daily dinnerware, which can stand the abuse of dishwashers and aggressive detergents. Make it a habit to rinse with fresh water and dry your tea ware immediately after use. Avoid letting tea remain in your cups or bowls for extended periods as more porous glazes and even porcelain will allow stains to develop. Our Samadoyo pieces are made from tough borosilicate glass and will stand being cleaned in the dishwasher.