A large celadon bowl by highly sought artist Fukami Sueharu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled humorously “8” (Hachi in Japanese, the number a homonym for the word bowl). The bowl flares from a small base creating a dramatic silhouette, as if it is about to soar. About the small foot ring the glaze bunches like drapery. This sense of lightness is a fixture of the artists work, and he is well known for his wing like sculptures. It is 21.5 cm (8-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Fukami Sueharu is synonymous with seihakuji celadon. Born in Kyoto in 1947, he graduated the Kyoto Ceramics Research School in 1965. It was in 1981 that he was first recognized followed by grand prize at the Chunichi International Ceramics Exhibition the following year. In ’84 he would be awarded at the Nitten National Art Exhibition, and in ’85 received grand prize at the Faenza International Ceramic Exhibition, Italy. He would receive the prestigious JCS award in 1992 and the Order of Cultural Merit for Kyoto soon thereafter. He has been displayed at the Nitten, Nihon Togei Ten (National Japanese Ceramic Exhibition) Chunichi Kokusai Togeiten, and Nihon Gendai Kogei Ten (National Japanese Modern Crafts Exhibition) among many others. In 2011 he was exhibited in the Clark Center, California, and was one of a very few potters to receive the important JCS Gold Award in 2012. His work is held in the National Museums of Modern Art in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, an astounding fact for a living artist. Also Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Musée Tomo, Museum of Modern Ceramic Art in Gifu, Shiga Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art among other in Japan, and overseas The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Freer/Galleries at the Smithsonian, Yale University Art Gallery, Harvard Art Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, Ackland Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Everson Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art, National Gallery of Australia, The British Museum, The V&A, Sevres Musée national de céramique, Faenze Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Museum of contemporary Art, Belgrade and Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires among many others. For more information on this artist a quick web-search, or a look at the article highlighting his life in the March 2005 edition of Orientations Magazine will be enlightening.