Square Flower Vase


Square Flower Vase


Kyusetsu MIWA X
Japanese, 1895–1981




Although the term Hagi ware derives from the town of Hagi in Japan’s Yamaguchi Prefecture, its beginnings can be traced to the techniques and traditions of Korean pottery. After Japan invaded Korea in the late 16th century, Korean potters were brought to Japan by Japanese leaders who admired their skills and aesthetics. Among these potters, Korean brothers Yi Sukkwang and Yi Kyung built a kiln near Hagi, where they founded the tradition of Hagi pottery.

Other Korean families, including the Miwa, contributed to Hagi pottery. The founder of the Miwa family worked primarily in Akana in the present-day Shimare Prefecture. His son, Akana Uchikuranosuke, followed tradition by building a kiln and producing pottery at Komaru-yama near Hagi Castle. Although the early generations of the Miwa family were highly skilled, Akana’s son Miwa Chubei Toshisade, known as Miwa Kyusetsu I, was the potter who garnered notice. He was sent to Kyoto to study raku, a form of traditional Japanese pottery, and incorporated this knowledge with local practices to create an innovative hybrid style. Miwa Kyusetsu X and Kyusetsu XI descend from this lineage.


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Hagi stoneware; 10-7/8 x 2-3/4 x 2-5/8 in. (27.7 x 7 x 6.7 cm)