This sake cup (guinomi) is hand thrown and wood fired at the artist's own climbing kiln (nobori-gama).
With this piece, the time-honoured Japanese ceramic tradition is further developed with a distinctive use of metallic overglaze which was inspired during the artist's throwing residence in New York.
The inside of the cup is glazed with metallic gold and it is beautifully wrinkled and ridged with a subtle matt golden hue.
The body is thrown into shallow shape (sakazuki) and with a pitted surface both inside and out. The footed base is glazed with metallic silver.
Many ideas and techniques are packed in this small cup. The effect is raw, glorious and otherworldly.
Diameter 8.1 cm, Height 3.0 cm
Material : Porcelain
Artist: Fukumura Ryuta
Quantity: Unique piece
Package: Box included
The box is hand crafted in Japan and is specially designed for storing fine ceramic ware safely. It is an important attribute of ceramic vessels that the box itself serves as a certificate of authenticity.
Made of solid paulownia wood, signed and stamped on the lid by the artist. Thick flat-woven cotton cords are attached to the base to prevent accidental opening of the lid.
The item is wrapped in a turmeric cotton cloth with the artist's stamp.A piece of Japanese paper is on the top to protect the signed lid.
About the Maker
Fukumura Ryuta is an up-and-coming ceramic artist based in Kyushu, southern Japan. As the second generation ceramicist from Nichigetsu Gama, a family owned studio/gallery, he draws from the area's rich heritage as well as creating his own style with a contemporary edge.
Fukumura crafts functional porcelain ware with rustic textures, often referred to as wabi-sabi as a distinctive element in Japanese philosophy. Fukumura is a keen practitioner of tea ceremony and flower arrangement, which are closely linked to the Japanese mainstream ceramic tradition. A recent throwing residence in New York had a large influence on him and is well reflected in his series of pieces with metalic overglaze.
Soon after completing a ceramic art course at Kyushu Zoukei Junior College, Fukumura began throwing full time at Nichigetsu Gama. He grew up and lives in Ukiha city, where he digs local soil, mixes clay, throws and fires pots in his own log-burning climbing kiln (Nobori gama) .
Hand wash only. NO microwave.