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Hagi, an historic town in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan has a reputation for its ceramics called "Hagi yaki". This traditional glazed ware is produced in about 100 kilns around the town which includes Hattori Tenryu Pottery Studio (seen here). Hagi ware is crafted mostly in muted colors with subtle tone gradations and simplistic lines. It's two classic glazes are a thin yellow and milky straw white. Other glazes used include brown, red and pale purple. The most popular of Hagi ware are tea bowls which have unique wedge shaped nicks on the base. These nicks were originally put there as intentional flaws that made them damaged goods, so they could be bought by commoners. Traditionally Hagi ware is made in noborigama, a wood fired "climbing kiln" for 30 hours at around 1,200 to 1,300°C. But these days most Hagi potters use gas and electric kilns. As for Hattori Tenryu they too mostly use modern kilns but have a noborigama on the site for occasional use. This image shows their noborigama kiln...
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