I unwrapped a lovely tea toy today! This blue hagi-yaki chawan (tea bowl) was made by Yamane Seigan, who first created the blue hagi glaze and style. If it seems familiar, that's because Alex of Another Tea Blog also owns a Seigan piece.
For some more info on this wonderfully talented potter, see here and here (thanks for the links, Alex).
If you're interested in Yamane Seigan's work, check out MagokoroDo on eBay; they have tons of his stuff on auction, and you can get a good deal if you're patient. Zencha.net also has some of his work, as well as other quality blue hagi-yaki. If all else fails, send an email to Toru from Artistic Nippon; from what I've heard, he is happy to seek out items for customers.
I can't wait to take it for a spin (whisk?)!
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