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Contemporary Japanese Pottery Slab by Kawai Seitoku
Pale glaze pools in the center, coagulating in ripped puddles of blue on the edges of this terracotta clay slab by contemporary artist Kawai Seitoku (1927-2010) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The piece measures 2 feet by 7 x 1-1/4 inches (60 x 18 x 3 cm) and is in perfect condition. Born in Oita, Seitoku went to Kyoto to apprentice under Kiyomizu Rokubei from 1951. Much decorated, he received first acclaim the following year (1952) in the Nitten National Exhibition. He was there awarded the Hokutosho prize in 1962, and the Kikukasho prize in 1968. In 1970 he was made a judge for that prestigious event. The following year he was awarded the Modern Art Society prize at the Nihon Gendai Kougei Ten (National Crafts Exhibition, 1971). From there his list of prizes escalates, including recognition thrice by the Prime Minister of Japan and the Kyoto prefectural Lifetime achievement award (twice). In 1997 he was awarded the Japanese Art Academy prize, a very rare honor. For the next decade he worked on the boards of several National and international exhibitions. He died of pneumonia in 2010 at the age of 82.


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