open top upside down conical shape of pale blue porcelain that tapers to tip that is covered in gold colored metal; screws into flat conical stainless steel piece; centered on flat stainless steel plate base

© Fukami Sueharu

Firmament, 2005

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This piece is coated in Fukami’s signature seihakuji glaze, which references the pale bluish glaze perfected by Chinese craftsmen in the Song and Yuan periods. To produce deep conical bowls like this, the pottery wheel must run continuously so that the piece can dry evenly. The artist has said that in the 1990s, when he was younger and capable of going without sleep, it took him just three days to make forms like this. Now, he needs six days.

Details
Title
Firmament
Artist Life
born 1947
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.30.60a-c
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open top upside down conical shape of pale blue porcelain that tapers to tip that is covered in gold colored metal; screws into flat conical stainless steel piece; centered on flat stainless steel plate base

© Fukami Sueharu

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