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Furutani Hiromu (Churoku I) Shigaraki Mizusashi

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A classic work by pioneering artist Furutani Hiromu (Churoku I), the torn clay covered in naturally formed green ash-glaze. It retains the original ceramic lid and comes in a wooden box titled Shigaraki Shizen-yu Mizusashi, directly from the family. The receptacle is 18 x 18.5 x 23 cm (7-1/2 inches diameter, 9 inches tall) and is in excellent condition.
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.