rdl wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:40 am
Rarity wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:16 am
Also how long do we soak hagi ware before using them on a daily basis? And is it hot, lukewarm or cold water? Or do we just rise it with hot water afterwards?
In my own use of Hagiyaki I have only followed the instructions of soaking a new piece before the first use. After, I have only rinsed the cup, bowl, in hot water to clean it, let it dry, and take it later as is to use again. Even in Hagi, as well in a potter's studio, I have not seen a pre-rinse done before serving tea. Just my knowledge and observation. I don't want to cause any unfortunate breakage by suggesting this must be the only procedure. It's necessary to add that I don't typically pour close to boiling hot tea in my Hagiyaki.
In Tea Ceremony, you usely have to warm up and wet the ustensils before and during the preparation. So basically at the preparation stage, you wash the bowl with some hot water at the very minimum. Eventually because some glaze are porous you would leave it for a few minutes so the clay gets wet, and the tea won't penetrate too far and stain the bowl. Some hagi are porous. Personally I leave the water 10mn and let the chasen rest in it so it gets also wet and soft.
You also do a "pre-rinse" before the serving, this is from a tea making point of view a way of re-warming the chawan, and from a Chado perspective this is a purification and a gesture of respect to the guest. If you don't do the warming before Koicha (thick tea) service, the tea will be to cold and will not be enjoyable.
Hagi is one of the 3 chawan types you would be using together with Raku and Karatsu for Chanoyu, so this is the traditional way it is done. Purity i.e. cleaness is an aboslute must from wa kei sei jaku.
I would also suggest to dry the chawan, guinomi, etc... after usage and cleaning (only with your hand). However, I saw many friends "rubbing" the cup to dry it, that causes on a long term the glaze to lose its charm and become dull. This must be done very gently, touching it with a cloth is enough.