An ancient technique known as “haito” in Japanese was used to give this piece its distinctive look. Thought to have originated in neolithic times and commonly used during the T’ang and Song dynasties in China, an excess of fuel is added at the very end of firing which causes a thick layer of grey ash to adhere to the outside of the vessel. Below the ash glaze of this piece is a yellow amber reflective coating that shows through in areas giving it an almost imperceptible glittering effect when viewed in the right light. The inside of the bowl, in contrast to the exterior, is smooth and displays an attractive patina that usually only comes with centuries of use. The gold decorations on the outside of the bowl are the finishing touch—making this piece a truly admirable work of ceramic art.
Born in 1947 in Kanagawa, Sato Kazuhiko took up pottery from an early age and went on to exhibit his works both domestically and abroad—with showings in London, Sydney, and New York to name a few. His style is distinctively modern but often employs archaic techniques to bring out refined nuances in the clay. He is the author of a number of books on pottery design and his works are also featured in a number of publications by other authors.
In fine condition, this piece is 5.7 inches in diameter (14.5 cm) and stands 3.8 inches tall (9.6 cm). The tea bowl bears the artist’s seal on the base of the kodai and comes with its original signed and stamped tomobako. In the box there is also a protective cloth which also bears Sato’s seal. International shipping and insurance is included in the price.