The History and Characteristics of Hagi-yaki Pottery
It all began during Hideyoshi’s invasion of Korea in 1592.
Hideyoshi ordered a Hagi lord, Mori Terumoto, to bring back two famous Korean pottery, the brothers Yi Sukkwang and Yi Kyung, and make them establish kilns in Hagi. This is why Hagi-yaki pottery was also called Kourai, or Korean pottery. Hagi-yaki pottery, which has been made for over four centuries, blossomed and has been famous from over time on.
The charm of Hagi-yaki pottery lies in the rough texture of the clay and the pock marked surfaces laced with cracks in the glaze. Hagi-yaki pottery is liquid-permeable. This results in another interesting characteristic, that is, that its color and tone change with use, especially if used to drink tea.
Hagi-yaki pottery also effectually expresses a certain “simplicity” due to the original standards of its style, the characteristic of the clay, and the glazing technique. Thus, Hagi-yaki pottery has been widely appreciated by experts of the tea ceremony.