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HAGI, Yamaguchi Pref. — Few have ventured outside the borders defined by tradition in the more than 400 years this town has been producing its famous pottery, renowned as among the best for use in the Japanese tea ceremony.

In fact, it took a Swede to attempt the first use of colored paints on the brown, rough-textured Hagi pottery, striking a subtle balance between tradition and his own cultural background. His efforts met with success and Bertil Persson is now one of the most popular artists of Hagi ware.

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