We continue today with a few more pots that Akio brought with him to the U.S.

Heian Tofukuji

Heian Tofukuji

Tofukuji made numerous very small pots.  Due to our own lack of knowledge years ago, we thought he primarily made shohin pots but in researching and studying various books we quickly learned that he made numerous pots with some as small as 4cm.

We like the glaze on the pot on the left so lets take a closer look.

Heian Tofukuji

Heian Tofukuji

A beautiful green glaze with a hit of reddish brown. We also like the crackled glaze as it adds texture to this small pot.  This pot is barely 5cm in size and is priced at 35,000 Yen.  What a wonderful accent plant pot this would make.  I’m curious for those of you who own these kinds of pots do you use them or display them or both?

This is always a perplexing question to us.  Do we risk something this personally valuable by placing a plant in it and then sitting it on an outside bench? It was made to be used therefore to not use it somehow seems that it is not fulfilling its purpose.  Or, like other art forms such as paintings, is its purpose complete just being admired for its shape and beauty?  Regardless of where you land on this question neither position is right or wrong.  My biggest fear in using it in a show is having it somehow mysteriously jump into someone’s pocket or purse and disappearing forever. This seems to be an epidemic at shows lately.

Heian Tofukuji

Heian Tofukuji

If you have studied his pots, this glaze has been used many times. It reminds us of a starry night with the Milky Way just beginning to appear as the night sky darkens.    This pot might hold a very small trident or Japanese maple or perhaps another type of tall, but small, deciduous tree.

Tofukuji also made many unglazed pots. Even though most of them do not approach the costs of the glazed version they are beautiful nevertheless.

Heian Tofukuji

Heian Tofukuji

Three unglazed pots priced at 25-30,000 Yen. Our favorite is the one in the middle.  Very usable with great patina. This pot communicates that it was made with careful hands.  It might be hard to see but the pot on the right has a very characteristic set of parallel lines running around the pot.  We have seen this feature in a number of his pots. They can be seen in the book recording his prolific days in making spectacular bonsai pots.

If you love his pots and wish to marvel at his creativity in glazing, please order a copy of his book at this location.

www.y-bonsai.co.jp.   You can order it by contacting them via this e-mail address: ‘aketo@y-bonsai.co.jp’

The current cost is 3,799 Yen plus shipping.

A few more pots in a few days.

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