Molten red rises magnificently from the thick frosting of white by Kato Toyohisa enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Aka Shino Chawan. Dark shadows periodically dividing the thick reds and drifts of white on the sides of this tea bowl lend a sense of pleasant trickery, making the bowl seem at first glance as if it were fluted, yet when taken in hand one realizes the sides are beautifully rounded. It is like lava boiling up under a glacier of pure white snow, volcanic gases escaping the molten earth through the hundreds of su-ana pinholes marking the surface.
Size, W 13.4 cm (5-1/2 inches) H 9.8 cm (4 inches).
Kato Toyohisa was born in 1962. His work is both original and fresh and his challenging pursuit of Mino ceramics is evident in both his contemporary pieces and his traditional ones. He first exhibited at the Asahi Ceramics Exhibition in 1983, and was awarded the rising star award. That same year he was awarded at the Tajimi City (home to innumerable Mino potteries) Art Exhibition. He has also exhibited and or been prized at the Tokai Dento Kogei ten, Mino Togei Ten, Issui Kai Ten and Gendai Chato Ten (modern Tea Ceramics Exhibition). In addition is a long list of Private exhibitions both domestic and abroad.