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Furutani Taketoshi Shigaraki Kinuta-Vase

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How perfectly does this vessel show off the character of clay?! Furutani Taketoshi has built up the clay I a method allowing the natural rough surface to remain undisturbed, a deep gouge around the shoulder filled with a pool of alpine green crystals and the neck meandering up like a natural crag. Soft gray underlies the flying ash and rivulets of fresh green cascading down the sides. The beauty of Shigaraki lies in its ability to connect the various elements of nature from which it is created in a manner which appears untouched by human hand. Viewing the pootery brings a calmness, a serenity as if one were leaning up against the trunk of a great tree. This vase is roughly 12 cm (5 inches) diameter 17.5 cm (7 inches) tall and in excellent condition, directly from the artist and comes inclosed in a signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Shizen Yu Kinuta Hanaire. A Kinuta (Fulling Block) is a wood mallet used to beat cloth to soften it during the Edo period. It is a traditional shape in Japanese pottery, especially among Iga and Shigaraki wares.
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.