Okadagama Hakuyu Blue-green stripe Mug
The pottery tradition of Hagi is based on the tea ware once loved by the feudal Mori clan who controlled the area. Red clay and soft coloured glazes are important markers of the style.
Founded in 1782, the Okada kiln is viewed as one of the newer ones in the town. It has one of the best maintained nobori-gamas (climbing kilns) in the region, in which the work of father and son: Yuu and Yasushi Okada fire their works.
This mug was made by Yasushi, whose work explores new forms within the Hagi style. The exterior is sculpted ('mentori') by hand using a pottery tool, and spiral lines inside show that it was hand thrown. The soft white glaze is distinctive of pottery from Hagi, while the blue-green glaze is particularly difficult to achieve.