I had several people email and ask to see a picture of the blue ash tsubo by Takeuchi Kimiaki, so here it is. Softly thrown, this classic pot has a wonderful surface created by both applied ash and natural ash acquired during the wood firing. The long and running tendrils of the ash glaze give the tsubo and impression of height despite being under a foot tall. Probably the most amazing aspect of this pot is that the glaze, very much like an opal, changes appearance rather dramatically depending on the light source. In low, dusky light, it has a somber, even brooding appearance in in bright light it has a rather festive attitude. The works of Takeuchi Kimiaki never cease to amaze me and I can hardly wait for my next encounter.