en-Seigan Yamane hermitage 3 Colours 200K

07/07/2021
Japanese Hand-shaped tea bowl, Hagi ware by Seigan Yamane, 3 color glazes
Japanese Hand-shaped tea bowl, Hagi ware by Seigan Yamane, 3 color glazes

Condition : Completely New

Size : Dia. 4.9-4.7"(12.5-12.0cm) x Height 3.9"(9.8cm)Item Description :
This is a Japanese hand-shaped pottery tea bowl of Hagi Ware, which was made by a famous potter, Seigan Yamane.


Brown pottery is coated with white, green and brown glazes.

The seal of the potter is stamped on the bottom.

Seigan Yamane was born in 1952, and started making Hagi ware in 1987. And then, he started his own pottery in 1992 and has ever been awarded a lot of prizes for his great works. The "Sengan Blue" was developed in 2002, and he became famous for it.

(About Hagi ware)
Hagi Ware is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable for its humble forms and use of translucent white glaze. It originated in the early 17th century with the introduction of potters brought back from Japanese invasions of Korea. The local daimyo of the time were very interested in tea ceremony and funded production of this ware.

Potters mix different types of local clay. The most standard result is a pink-orange color, called Korean clay. Wares are formed on the wheel and decorated with translucent glaze made of feldspar and ash.

The signature chip located on the bottom is a local tradition from the Edo period when potters would deliberately mark their wares in order to sell them to merchants instead of presenting them as gifts to the Mori clan.

Source of supply: Fujiyama Gallery (japanese.artisan)

chawans by Seigan Yamane in the hagi style

The bowls are made of very coarse clay with a thick straw ash glaze. The notch in the foot pays homage to the Korean origins of Hagi-yaki. Presumably, however, they also historically serve the purpose of preventing the bowls from sticking to smooth surfaces, because the Chawan are still permeable to water, typical of Hagi ceramics. Approx. 10 ml of liquid seep through it in 1 hour.

Over time, the ceramics seal due to the pigments in the tea water; as a result, the ceramics also discolor (called nanabake in Japanese) and form a crackled glaze pattern, which is definitely wanted because, according to a proverb, Hagi goods only become perfect when they are used.