|Seigan Blue Glaze Sakazuki Hai|
Hagi is different from other teaware like ceramic or porcelain because it is designed to permeable, so much so that new pieces may leak a bit. Small cracks will also develop in the outer glaze with each use. Don’t worry, your beautiful new teacup isn’t breaking! Tea seeps into these cracks and changes the appearance of the vessel over time. This process is referred to as the “seven changes” of hagi. Although I've seen that phrase repeated many times, I actually have not been able to find a list of what those changes actually are. The first time that you use a piece of hagi yaki, I recommend soaking it in water for two to three hours. This helps to remove dust particles and reduce odors from shipping. In the event that your piece leaks too much, regular use will encourage tea to crystallize inside of the pores in the glaze. Filling it with a solution of cornstarch and water can also help.
|Close Up of Cracks in Glaze|
Hagi ware should only be hand washed with warm water. They are so absorbent that soaps or detergents would render them unusable. Avoid leaving tea or alcohol for extended periods of time in the teacups and dishes. These can seep into the cracks and cause stains, odors and unpleasant stickiness. Never microwave your hagi or place it onto a heat source. The bottoms of cups and pots are usually a bit rough so use a coaster of some sort if your table has a delicate finish.
If you're wondering where to find hagi to add to your own collection, I highly recommend MAGOKORODO. Shipping from Japan may take a while but I've been very happy with everything that I've purchased from them.
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