Fukunokami 福の神

This is one of my favorite water jars, not just from the Karatsu tradition, but from all water jars the world over.

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Fukunokami, coil and paddled jar, ame glaze.

I like the way it looks more like an old burlap sack than a pot, partly due to the way it was made, and partly from the firing.
Here are two I made as a sort of practice. If I can come close to the original,  I’ll be thrilled, but just getting the practice is the main goal here.
Whoever made the original really really knew what they were doing. It is coil and paddled, and about three mm thick throughout.

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Also, some other pots in the works:

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3 thoughts on “Fukunokami 福の神”

  1. I really like the pot shape! After studying ceramics for 2 months I’m convinced that formed does not matter as much as the glaze. I’ve seen nicely made form but the glaze I did not like very much. But other potters form is not spectacular or unusual but the shino glazes or colouring from the wood fire made it spectacular (eg Lisa Hammond). I wonder how to improve a clay I bought from the shop. Should I add grog to it or mix the stoneware/porcelain mix with the earthware and grog? How do you do oxidation and reduction fires ina woodfired kiln? I’m using a tiny rocket stove kiln that I’m building.

    1. hi thanks for your comment. rather than using grog, I prefer to use crushed feldspar,or feldspathic sandstone. Wood kilns generally cycle between reduction and oxidation as you stoke.

      1. Thanks for your info! Is the crushed feldspar potash or custer? I was thinking you used grog after reading your article title “New Pots and Clay” – ah I see again its actually sandstone! Is that the feldspar? Is this what creates the bumpy ishihaze surface to your glazes? I am fascinated by the glaze after watching the work of Hasegawa Natsu. I was wondering if you have any advice on making the glaze that she uses? I noticed first she dips a slip then dips another a glaze I guess its a clear glaze. Are you able to translate what she says into English by any chance? Thanks for sharing your beautifiul work and processes online. Especially like the shape of your casserole dish with freeformed lid above.

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