Rich and Charred, the Ochre glaze has a texture which delights the bearer on this vessel by Living National Treasure Kato Kozo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kiseto Hanaire. Unlike the more monotonous works typical of Ki-seto, this has been darkened by ash and fire, testament to the storms in the kiln, and reminiscent of that rugged strip from which Mino-ware is born sandwiched between the violent coast and volcanic interior of central Japan. It is like the stone formed in that area: molten, it was vented onto the earth, then beaten by waves, warped by tectonics and covered in sea life leaving it scarred with barnacles. Inside the kiln it was molten, washed in waves of flame, scarred and pitted by ash carried by the tides of fire and heat.
Size, W 12.8 cm ( 5-1/4 inches) H 22.8 cm ( 9 inches)
Kato Kozo was born in Gifu in 1935, a gifted oil painter he studied the Mino Tradition under Kato Kohei and Living National Treasure Arakawa Toyozo. He has been displayed at the Asahi Togei-ten and Chunichi Kokusai Togei Ten among others. He was the first to be awarded the Kato Kohei prize and prestigious JCS award among many others. Undeniably one of the greatest Mino potters alive today, he was named a Living National Treasure in 2010.