From My Collection 16: A Few New Bushuan

I’ve added a great many pots in the last several months since I wrote a collection post, but the lions share of them are definitely Bushuan. Made by Shigeru Fukuda, Bushuan pots feature very nice signature glazes and a very unique style, often compared to Heian Tofukuji. For more on Bushuan, check out these previous posts:
Bushuan Posts
Now, on to the pots!

A really nice lipped rectangle with outward angled walls, belt, and cut feet. The lava like signature Bushuan Oribe-esque glaze is always awesome, to me. In this pot it shows the darker blues and greens more than in others, which often show some lighter creams and blues. At over 8″, this a larger kifu size container.

Another kifu sized container, this one a round with some glaze pitting in the underglaze, which gives the pot a more rustic and masculine feel.

A large chuhin sized cascade pot, in Bushuan’s signature glaze. A really fantastic mix of light greens, dark greens, dark blues, light blues, and creams! The asymmetrical dripping of the overglaze really gives it a nice feel, and already a nice patina is beginning to develop.

A Shohin sized rectangle with medium blue glaze over light green. Nice asymmetry to the overglaze, and the pot shows a bit of use.

Chuhin size mokko shape in Oribe. There’s a very fine crackle in this piece that’s tough to see, but will become more apparent with use. Really nice mix of blues and greens in the Oribe-yu glaze, and nice cloud feet.

A really nice Shohin size rectangle with bright Ruri Indigo over cream glaze. The running of the Ruri creates an interesting pattern. Unlike many potters, whose cream glazes actually appear a bit darker than cream, the lighter colored clay used by Fukuda really brings this glaze out as a bright white, which provides a better foil for blues. I showed this pot in a previous post, but have since acquired it so I thought I refile it here 🙂
Down the road, I think this will be an especially important feature of Bushuan pots, as the patina will leave them an off-white color, rather than tarnish green, as is seen in Shiro Glazed Tofukuji.

A Shohin sized rectangle low profile pot. A cool mix of colors in this glaze, which has brighter highlights of white than I could capture in a photograph.

So here’s a tragic story, hopefully it will have a satisfying conclusion. This is the only Bushuan suiban I’ve seen. While I was taking the pictures for this post, a stone fell from an upper shelf in my display room and broke it in twain….I show it here as I’m going to have it professionally repaired with gold, and will post the results when it’s done. While I’ve done gold repair work myself in the past, my results were mediocre, mending the pots and making them usable, but not really adding to their beauty. Stay tuned for a future article on this suiban.

Given the previous photo and caption, I thought we’d finish on a brighter note. Bright yellow, that is. Here is a very nice yellow crackle glazed chuhin sized square. This piece has seen some use, and is beginning to develop a bit of patina.

Thanks for reading! Up next: Pots From My Collection 17, featuring pots from Shishimaru, Gyoun, Ikkou, and Ino Shukuho(and friends).


About japanesepots

I've been collecting Japanese Bonsai pots for a few years, and feel that the famous, and some of the lesser known but great Japanese pot artists could do with a little more writing and exposure in English. Additionally, this blog will feature My own And others bonsai for discussion. The purpose of this blog is to further knowledge of Japanese pottery and Japanese style bonsai. If you have any questions about Japanese bonsai pottery, or would like to acquire pots by some of the potters presented in the blog, feel free to email me at
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5 Responses to From My Collection 16: A Few New Bushuan

  1. Gayle Fiato says:


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  2. Brian says:

    The pots are very nice. Understatement . What I would like to go along with the pots is a tree that would be fitting even if it is just a guess. It would give us a better perspective .
    Qualicum Brian

    • japanesepots says:

      Well Brian,
      Here are two examples I’ve featured on the blog in the past, the second is my logo tree, a Miyasama kaede, and the first is from the shinobi blog. When spring gets here ill snap you a couple of pictures of the 5 or 6 other trees I have in Bushuan pots.

  3. can’t wait to see that repair job!

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