Four hundred years ago, Hagi Ware was created in Japan, through the movement of potters from Korea back to their homes in Japan. There was a battle between Japan and Korea, and during this Lord Mori attempted to protect the Korean potters in the area. However, the Japanese army won, and he moved his people to Hagi. Before long a kiln was created, and Hagi ware was created. As time when on, the Hagi style developed and changed, as more people used their creativity. Despite these changes, one similarity in Hagi ware is the softness of the clay. Hagi ware is very popular for the tea ceremony, and now Hagi ware is considered to be one of the most beautiful and most desirable kinds of earthenware in the world.
The way that Hagi ware changes color over time has been given the title ‘The Seven Changes of Hagi Ware’. This is because the material used for Hagi ware is very permeable, and this allows the tea that is placed within the Hagi ware to naturally alter its color. When a piece of Hagi ware first begins its life, it is very pure and bright. However, after it has been used for a few years, the color will deepen to become more cool and calm.