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Furutani Taketoshi Shigaraki Chawan Tea Bowl

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The Tea bowls from this family are a textbook image of kiln effects, and this piece by Furutani Taketoshi is no exception. Cleft marks in the red clay remain where it was stacked in the kiln, surrounded by running ash, an alpine pool of crystal green forming inside with hints of lavender peering through the blast of green. The form is bold with a slight taper, both inviting and yet trapping the aroma of the frothy green tea. The rim undulates slightly, and cups gently to the lips on the drinking side. It comes with the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Shizen-yu Tsutsu Chawan. The bowl is 12 cm (5 inches) diameter, 10 cm (4 inches) tall and in excellent condition, directly from the artist.
Furutani Taketoshi was born the son of master craftsman Furutani Hirofumi in 1974, graduating the Shigaraki Industrial High School Ceramics department in 1992 before entering the Shiga prefectural Ceramics Research Facility where he learned first Small Rokuro wheel technique, graduating the following year. In 1993 he would find himself under the tutelage of Suzuki Iwau before re-entering for a second course at the Research Facility, graduating in 1995. From then he returned to the family kiln where he learned in the time-honored tradition from both his grandfather Churoku I and father Hirofumi (Churokuk II). In 2013 he was named a Dento Kogeishi Traditional Craftsman. Since he has exhibited consistently at the Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition. Subverting the self, he makes simple, organic pots which have a timeless quality. As well he dares new forms and challenges the clay with innovative techniques, coercing from the pliable earth challenging incarnations very much rooted in the now, yet still paying homage to the traditions passed down through the ages.