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Furutani Churoku I Classic Shigaraki Tsubo

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An iconic vessel by the important Shigaraki artist Furutani Hiromu (Churoku I) enclosed in the original signed wooden box simply titled Shigaraki-yaki Tsubo. The natural ash glaze covers the shoulder and runs down into the darkness of the blackened embers below. The neck is perfectly formed in a classic Medieval fashion, sharply angled on the rounded body. It is 27 cm (11 inches) diameter, 30.5 cm (12 inches) tall and in perfect condition. This is the only piece by the first generation we have in a box signed by him.
Furutani Hiromu (Churoku I, 1922-2012) Fascinated by the aesthetics of "wabi" and "sabi" expressed in the “Koge” (Charing),“Hi-iro”(Flame Color) and other naturally born kiln effects of Shigaraki ware, Furutani Hiromu devoted himself to the recovery of pre-Edo firing techniques. He was on the forefront of research into ancient kiln construction and he recreated both an Anagama and then a climbing kiln which could produce wares to rival the ancients. In the manner of craftsmen of time immemorial, he produced both Tsubo and Tea Ware. He was the first artist named a Dento Kogeishi (Traditional Craftsman) in Shigaraki, accepting that honor in 1976. After that his works were exhibited throughout Japan, as well as internationally. Breaking from tradition however, he also worked to create carved and modeled pieces with animated creatures writhing across the surfaces or arching to form handles.