Ido-gata (well-shaped) Matcha Chawan (Tea Bowl) by Sachiko Furuya; Honolulu, Hawaii.
H.3.375"(8.5cm) x Dia.5.5"(14cm). Weight 341g. White Shino glaze.
Although this bowl is simple and austere, the white Shino glaze is applied lightly as to still create interesting patterns from the throwing marks of the clay on both the interior well and the exterior face. The mouth rim is slightly irregular, but naturally shaped. The slightly rough texture of the unglazed foot also adds to the tactile nature of the piece.
Sachiko Furuya originally hails from Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. There, she studied pottery with Yukio Matsuura, making primarily wares for practitioners of the Omotesenke School of Tea, She also attended the College of Arts at Nihon University (Tokyo,) Suidobara Fine Arts Academy (Tokyo,) and has a Studio Art Degree from Clark College in Dubuque, Iowa. She has exhibited work in galleries and museums in the United States and Japan. She also owned and operated her own gallery in Edmonds, WA, from 1997-2000. Currently, she resides in Hawaii, where she finds new inspirations to complement her aesthetic sensibilities cultivated by her time in Japan and the Pacific Northwest. Sachiko's pottery glazes often make use of bamboo ash (J. take bai) and a high iron content. Her forms tend to be raw and organic, illustrating her preference to let the materials speak for themselves.