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Well fired Shigaraki chawan by Furutani Michio (1940-2000). Fine ash and bidoro glass cover this Hikidashi style (pulled out) Shigaraki chawan with a vivid pool of bidoro also covering the interior floor and walls of this teabowl. The signature is obscured, covered in ash, glass and charcoal. Over 95% of this chawan is covered in a coating of green glassy ash and is appealing to both the eye and hand. This chawan is in the style of Furutani Michio's early works (circa 1975 to 1985) and based on how well the bowl was fired and the classic Furutani shape, it is easy to understand why he was such a popular potter. The chawan is also accompanied by a biographical sheet about Furutani that was included with his pottery and this teabowl.
Furutani Michio’s works are in numerous collections, museums and publications. Furutani is a legend in modern Japan, the wood firing community at large and he is a master of both Shigaraki and Iga wares and has authored a book on anagama kiln firing and is considered by most to be the finest wood fire potter of the 20th Century. This chawan measures 5" x 3.9", in fine original condition and is accompanied with his bio and an unsigned storage box.