Today’s post is a selection of pots from contemporary potter Shigeru Fukuda, who makes pots under the trade name “Bushuan” or sometimes, “Fukumo”.
A former professional car racer, Fukuda took up Bonsai as a hobby at 27, became well known as a Satsuki enthusiast, and soon began collecting pots, especially old Chinese. He began making pots in 1986, and met with fast acclaim. His glazes are very nice, with pretty fantastic kiln changes. His work and glazes are often compared to Tofukuji.
You can find this wonderful pot on my For Sale page. Another exceptional multiglaze pot. I think I see three or four different layers of glaze in there! The pairing of the colors is pretty magical, crackled greens, white spotted blues, leathery oranges…masterpiece.
I love the blue drippy glaze on this pot. The white highlights really bring out the depth of the varying shades of blue.
A multi-glaze pot with quite a bit more subtlety than the previous two. Still, the thick running glaze and blue highlights are pretty fantastic.
A lightly crackled blue and green round with top lip. I love the long drips of Indigo turning to blue at the base. The patina on this pot, which is starting to form, can be observed by comparing the interior glaze with the exterior.
Another round with major drips! the ridges in the clay body have created places for the red to pool and coalesce, creating whirls and vortices. Very nice effect.
Thick blue-green glaze with cloud feet. The cloud feet are almost completely obscured by the thick running glaze, a beautiful pot.
Very fine crackle in subtle blues, greens, and yellows.
Another drippy blue-green with cloud feet, lotus shaped. I pulled this off of the Songheryuan Bonsai Pot Blog, as can be seen from the photo. Its an excellent blog out of Taiwan with lots of great Bonsai.
A more subtle blue, green, and indigo round. This pot just begs for a cascade or semi cascade Umemodoki, or Chanomeles with Red flowers!
A nice blue and green soft square holding a very nice Kaede in development. Its clear the front has changed right 15-20 degrees since this matchup, it will be nice to see it oriented properly. This tree came from the blog,
Ive mentioned it before, you should really check it out if you havent already!
Little green and white round with some carving detail and full cloud feet. A nice little crackle to the glaze, and the carving is subtle. A pot that will take on patina very well in time.
Another blue crackle round with some patina beginning to show. Fantastic with a red maple or to contrast with the yellow flowers of a forsythia or Quince fruit.
And we’ll finish with a simple small rectangle with a gorgeous bright yellow crackle glaze that is extraordinarily thick. Another pot that will take patina very well, and be spectacular in the years to come.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a few pots from contemporary potter Shigeru Fukuda. I’m still working to get that gold repair post up, hopefully just a couple of days!