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Furutani Hirofumi (Churoku II) Flat Bottle

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An incredible work by Furutani Hirofumi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Shizen-yu Hen Hanaire. A striking form covered in glistening green glass and gnarly clusters of black ash, this is an absolute must have by the artist. On the sides the earth is scorched and blackened, rivulets of olive running between. It is 25 x 8.5 x 19.5 cm (10 x 3-1/4 x 8 inches) and is in excellent condition, directly from the artist.
The Churoku-en pottery was established by Furutani Churoku, an artist instrumental in the post war era revival of Shigaraki Anagama and Climbing Kiln firing techniques. It is now run by the second and third generation potters Furutani Hirofumi and his son Taketoshi. Hirofumi (b. 1948) is the real deal, a Shigaraki potter trained under his father, recipient of generations of tradition and knowledge, who does not say much. He then returned to the family kiln where he headed up the preparation and firing, while, taking a second position in that very Japanese way to his long lived father, who strictly tortured clay. The Japanese title for such a person is: Ennoshita no chikara mochi (The true strength hidden under the eaves). Even today, a decade after the passing of Churoku, everyday you will find him in search of the natural phenomena which are born from his wood fired Anagama kiln in the dialog between soil and flame and the elements. He is in charge of kneading and coercing the clay, the kiln work, stacking and preparations, making and firing his own pieces while allowing his son to take the fore. He does not compete or seek fame, just quietly makes pots treading the path of the Unknown Craftsman.