Hagiyakiya Kogo

Japanese Hagiyakiya Hare Tea Ceremony Kogo | Potter Signed: Sadatsugu Shinjo XIV

Age:1926-1989 (Showa Period)

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 2-1/8”h x 3-1/2”L x 2-0”d

This is a rare, subdued Hagi Incense container was created by the 1st class potter Sadatsugu Shinjo at Sukeemon Kiln. Though unassuming this container has been expertly formed to resemble a crouching rabbit in a beautiful transparent warm feeling in creamy yellow glaze. It has expressive eyes, ears and button tail. This Kogo 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. Designated by the Yamaguchi Prefecture as a holder of the Yamaguchi Prefectural Intangible Cultural Treasure for Hagi ware. Comes with the original high quality paulownia wooden box with kiln stamp and calligraphy on the lid plus a pamphlet with the history of the potter.

This piece was made to support the Japanese tea ceremony, (Chanoyu or Ocha), for a special individual for the “Year of the Rabbit”. The host of the ceremony always considers the guests when selecting the supportive accessories to be used. Even the placement of each item is considered from the guests view point, (angle), especially the main guests called the Shokyaku. Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one's attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics surrounding the ceremony and preparing a bowl of tea from one's heart. 

Vintage Condition: Exceptional, “as is”, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage is noted. 

NOTE: Shinjo Sadatsugu is a recognized potter and the direct heir to a lineage of Hagi potters, which traces its roots back to the 17th century, when the founder of the kiln, Akagawa Sukezaemon established it with the help of Li Shakuko, one of the patriarchs of the Hagi pottery tradition. Li, a Korean potter, had been brought to Japan by order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the ruler of Japan until 1598. The 11th Sukezaemon changed the family name to Shinjo and the name of the kiln to Kanzan, but Shinjo Sadatsugu chose to retain his original name as the 14th descendant of the lineage. As a potter, he enjoys making tea ceremony accessories and gives attention to the space inside as well as the space outside creating a real harmonious relationship between the two. Shinjo Sadatsugu is a member of the prestigious Japanese Traditional Art Crafts Association.