Hake brushes are a traditional Asian style of brush with very soft and dense bristles. These brushes have large, flat wooden handles, and are available in a variety of sizes. each brush model’s size refers to the width of the brush head.
Wash brushes, as their name suggests, are ideal for the application of washes, because they hold liquids well. These brushes, like Hake brushes, have extremely soft bristles, which can create broad and lively brushstrokes. Wash brushes are made up of a conjoined row of individual bamboo brushes, so you can actually pull them apart to use as multiple smaller wash brushes. This is a great feature for anyone who is faced with the task of fully stocking a studio or classroom!
Both styles of brush are great for application of washes, slips and glazes. They can hold a lot of liquid and are great for applying to color to large clay surfaces. They allow for a painterly style of brush stroke, which often adds life to ceramic pots. In addition to their use in pottery, these brushes can be used in a number of other applications, including painting and bookbinding.