Wednesday, September 4, 2013


At first glance, this Iga chawan has the classically medieval  style of the late Furutani Michio, but upon closer examination, there are subtle differences. The form a bit different, a bit tighter in  the way the pot is thrown and the kodai is created, telling his own story. This chawan was made by Furutani Kazuya, son of Furutani Michio and quite the apt pupil. Relying on forms forged by his father and exceptional firing skills, this teabowl follows in the footsteps of his father's body of work, but it is quite clear, Kazuya has his own voice and chapter to write within the traditions of both Iga and Shigaraki pottery. In this case the idiom, "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree" has rarely been more apropos.