Shades of red ripple like fire in the kiln across the variegated surface of this large Koro by Shino master Kato Toyohisa enclosed in the original wooden box titled Aka-Shino Koro. Whenever one looks into a wood burning kiln during the firing, this is what is visible; ash molten on the sides of pots turned red hot by flames blasting through, long tendrils of fire wrapping about the wavering forms. It is as if Toyohisa has captured that moment, and brought it out into the colder climes of our world for all to see.
Size, W 17.5 cm ( 6-1/2inches) H 15.8 cm (6-1/4 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.