Hagi ware " Hagi yaki"

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.


*Tea cup    

cup    –mug    –teacup


cup & saucer


small plate    –midium plate    –large plate

small bowl    –midium bowl    –large bowl    –bowl for sweets    –long plate

*Rice bowl    

bowl for rice    –donburi


jar    –big bowl


matcha bowl    –sencha teaset    –teaset    -kyusu teapot    –yusamashi    -chaire


tokkuri sake bottle    –guinomi sake cup    –sake server

*Flower vase

flower vase    –small flower vase

*Incense burner    

koro incense burner    –kogo    –candle stand

*The others  

teapot    –chopstick rest    –ornament    –other