Friday, September 16, 2011

HAGI YAKI (萩焼き )-Ceramics of Yamaguchi Prefecture

There is an old Japanese saying when referring to the best pottery for the tea ceremony: "Ichi-raku, Ni-Hagi, San-Karatsu". First is raku, second Hagi and third Karatsu.

I learned from a friend that rough Hagi clay is called Oni- Hagi (鬼萩) and smooth is called Hime-Hagi (姫萩). Some of each are shown here.

Generic Hagi Marks



                                                       CHIN SHU GAMA (椿秀窯)

This mottled look is called Gohonde which is a popular style in HAGI ware. 

                                                      HAGIDONO GAMA  (萩殿窯)


                                                         HAGI RYUZAN (萩竜山)


                                                                 TENPOZAN-GAMA (天鵬山窯)

Tenpozan Kiln Mark

Vase-Tenpozan Kiln

Hagiyaki tea bowl Gohon glaze




Hagi tea cup probably Jouzan-gama  mark

Watanabe Jyozan, Jozan-gama Mark

Jozan-gama meoto "couple" teacups
                                               By Jyozan Watanabe




*Hagi Yaki tea bowl by Shoun (祥雲)

*Hara Shoun MARK

Mr. Hara was born in Izumo, made Hagi and Izumo wares, later went to Kyoto, studied Korean pottery. He built a kiln in Uji, Kyoto named Seiwa Gama. Later wares carry the Seiwa Mark (清和).

Here is a box from the same tea bowl. It states Hagi Yaki made by Shoun.


Okada Yu


  1. Hello, I recently came across a Hagi ware set at a Good Will and purchased it for my 6 year old daughters birthday- not realizing what a treasure I had found. Do you have any suggestions for care? This is definitely something that she can use for a life time. Thank you, Laura Golden, CO USA

    1. HAGI ware is rather unique in that it is rather porous. There are several sites that discuss the proper use and care of HAGI ware. Google it for detailed care instructions. It should never be put in a microwave or the dishwasher. It must be allowed to completely dry before packing away as it is prone to mold. The color of HAGI ware will change with use, but this is considered to part of the beauty of it. I hope your daughter will enjoy it for many years.

  2. Hello,

    I got a really nice looking ochawan and am pretty sure it's Hagi ware. It came in a wooden box and the piece is signed by the artist. It has a beautiful shape and glaze. However, I haven't been able to identify the artist.

    1. Please send photos of the chawan with Mark, along with photos of the marked box to:


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