Friday, August 24, 2012


Back in June I posted up an early mizusashi by Furutani Michio from the 1970's, fast forward, probably a decade and we have a similar form, but it shows maturity and certainly advances in his firing ability. The pot is of an elementary form, made by the coil and throw method which was how most of Furutani's pots were made. The stout form is stripped down to its barest essentials and the firing has created a rich ash covered surface which completes the dialogue of the pot. The running ash on the face of the pot creates a wonderful vertical image that appears to disappear beneath the exceptional shadow line that the potter engineered into the pot. Looking at this pot, there is no escaping that classic Furutani style and his mastery of  anagama firing.