Vase for flowers, Shino glaze, by Sachiko Furuya; Shoreline, WA. Contemporary, H.6.5"(16.5cm) x Dia.4.75"(12cm). Sachiko Furuya hails from Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. There, she studied pottery with Yukio Matsuura, making primarily tea 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 her 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 near Seattle, WA where she continues her study and growth as an artist, and privately teaches ceramics and oil painting to others interested in developing their artistic skills.
Sachiko’s pottery glazes often make use of bamboo ash (J. take bai) and a high iron content. Others, like the item displayed here, utilize a personal Shino glaze recipe. Her forms tend to be raw and organic, illustrating her preference to let the materials speak for themselves.