Born in Shigaraki, the celebrated Shigaraki master Furutani Michio’s work was unparalleled in the form, surface, firing, and heart of yakimono pottery. His work, such as this spectacular water jar, displays the signature Shigaraki coarse clay filled with feldspar that jut out roughly from the surface of the work as a result of the coveted impurities in the clay. The licks of vermillion from the fire of his numerous anagama kilns shows his deep understanding of the relationship between fire and earth well. On this topic, he published a book, Anagama: How to Build and Fire. He sadly passed away early at the age of 54. His work lives on in the spirit of ash glazes in the region.
Furutani was a celebrated potter with international and domestic accolades. He was selected for many exhibitions, including the Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition, the Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition, and the China-Japan International Ceramic Art Exhibition. Received the Shumei Bunka Foundation Award from the Shumei Bunka Foundation.