Shigeru Fukuda is one of my favorite contemporary Japanese potters, and has been featured numerous times on the blog.
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He is quite famous in Japan, although not because of bonsai and pottery. He’s something akin to the Japanese Dale Earnhart, as he’s the winningest Japanese auto racer in history, with more than 60 wins. He currently owns the Kawaguichi Auto Racing track in Saitama.
Insofar as hispottery is concerned, it’s said that’s he’s the “reincarnation of Heian Tofukuji”, for his diversity of form, unique glazes, and exceptional depth.
Now, on to the pots!
Multiple Views of an outstanding crackle yellow glazed Tetsu Gakken style rectangle with painted and carved bamboo and tiger. Simply gorgeous. A spectacular rectangle with multiple color glazes. A riot of beatiful…
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Ino Shukuho is a legacy of 3 generations of potters, each with different styles and techniques. The current Shukuho, Ino Yoshiki, was born in 1943. His father, Ino Kiichiro, was a purveyor for the Imperial Houshokd, and was close friends with Heian Tofukuji; many of Tofukuji’s greatest later works were fired in the Shukuho kiln. Shukuho has won numerous prizes and awards, and his containers are some of the most popular for Shohin bonsai in Japan. The vast majority are carved from a single block of Kyoto clay, leaving production levels very low due to the labor intensive nature of the method.
Many works were commissioned bY Takeyama San of Fuyo En, who was a driving force behind some of the kiln’s later designs. It’s said that 3rd Generation Shukuho’s Oribe Glaze is virtually identical to Tofukuji’s.
Now on to the pots!
A fairly typical example of Shukuho Oribe glaze…
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I started out thinking I was going to do an article about Kawauso Pottery(aka Roy Minarai on Facebook), but the interview stands well on its own. So, here it is in its entirety, along with a selection of Roy’s containers.
I think we can expect (even more) wonderful things from Kawauso Pottery in the coming years; with only a short time under his belt, Roy is already producing some of the best and most complex glazes I’ve seen in the West. I own several of them myself, so am one of the few who has had the opportunity to examine them first hand, and they are as excellent in person as they are in photographs. His truly unique glazes will certainly be collectible in time. Head over to his page and give him a like on Facebook with this link:Kawauso Pottery. And keep your eyes peeled: Roy’s containers…
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