Things I like about Hagi...
They are unique, each one of even the same style is different. They are like the people of teaware with individual personalities. They look different and will even behave differently.
They age, change over time. I will be learning this first hand as a newbie to Hagi.
They are relatively uncommon. My tastes have always been drawn to the unusual.
They are made by craftsmen, artisans. Not punched out in a factory somewhere. A lot of care goes into each piece making them individually special. You can actually follow different artisans as a result and have faves.
They breath and they transpire. How long, I do not know? This feature may turn some people off, but I am loving this. The warm slightly moist feel, it is really quite nice.
Some "children" require some extra attention due to early leakage issues. Case and point, this is a Deishi Loquat glaze guinomi (sake cup) from "MAGOKORODO" which I use for a teacup (2.75" wide). It is really beautiful in the eye of this beholder. Since it is made with "extreme rough sand content" (if you look at the picture of its bottom, you will see what I mean) and is new, it is actually leaking ... forming a small puddle on my chataku.
I face some options, do nothing and hope time takes care of the leak. Make some rice or corn starch and soak it for 6 hours. For now, I will do nothing, this little gal is going to teach me patience.