The next day we were regaled with a tour of the Hagi Museum and later visited the homes and ateliers of Miwa Kazuhiko and Miwa Haneko.
Ceramic Sculptures by Miwa Kazuhiko at Hagi Museum
Kazuhiko-san gave us matcha in precious tea bowls made by his 101-year old (and still working) father, Miwa Kyusetsu XI, a Living National Treasure, and discussed the history of the Miwa ceramics dynasty, and how his family's tradition influences his very modern work. I can't tell you what a thrill it was to hold, drink from and examine a Kyusetsu tea bowl!
Miwa Family Garden and House
|Miwa Kazuhiko with a Great Tea Bowl by His Father|
Later the same day, we visited Miwa Haneko, a fine potter and the daughter of Miwa Ryosaku (now Kyusetsu XII), Kyusetsu XI's oldest son and a wildly avant-garde artist. Here we heard from a potter of another generation how the Miwa legacy lives on and inspires her very modern works.
And we were still not done with Hagi . . .