Fat and round vase

Glazed with gold luster all over only to show it's gleam from underneath the scorched and decaying surface. This sophiscticated juxtaposition is the artist's singular feature reflecting the very Japanese aesthetics.

The form of this vase resonates with east Asian archaic vernacular.


Diameter 13.5cm  Height 11.7cm 


unique piece


--Tico Persimmon's Verdict--

The Universe in a Pot 壺中天


The Japanese word Tsubo(壺)has no exact match in English vocabulary. It can be vase, pot, jar or urn, but has to have a narrow neck and round body.


I love the Chinese ancient fable that a man jumped into a Tsubo to find a paradise, and turned himself into a sacred hermit. If anyone could jump into a Tsubo magically, this vase would be the one. Just like it's golden lustre is almost hidden underneath the charred surface, you will easily miss the way to paradise.

Focus. Jump in.


Tsubo has a rich cultural implication in east Asian cultures, especially associated with the notion of micro/macro cosmos; a small thing can encompass the whole universe.

Tsubo resonates with the cosmos within you.


  • 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) .

  • Care

    Handle with care. This item is not dishwasher safe. Not microwave safe.