Made in Japan
by Fukumura Ryuta
Reduction fired to carbonization.
Unglazed, that means the colours are the results of oxygen flow only.
The surface texture is dry and earthy like teracotta.
Reduction firing is a rather uncommon technique that is not easily manageable, and it's results are very unpredictable. The flow of oxygen was carefully controlled and "reduced" to achieve this volcanic effect.
With reduction firing, normally the pots are placed in a small box, covered with materials such as rice husks, straws, sawdust, and charcoal.
The marks of husks are visible on the lower half of this vase. From there, an earthy colour palette wonderfully gradates toward the top. Charcoal, grey, purple, brown, organge, and maroon. A dark rainbow.
Diameter 8.5cm, Height 18cm
Price is for one item only
vase - reduction fired
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) .
Handle with care. This item is not dishwasher safe. Not microwave safe.