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The feldspar covering this unusual torn and ragged form by Hayashi Shotaro is dominated by fire-colored red. It is quite an amazing thing to behold. The body is hollowed out from a solid block of clay, the sides cut away into an abstract star shape which has then been gouged, scraped and torn, then capped by a delicate umbrella of red-orange. It is 8 inches (19 cm) diameter, 7 inches (17 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Shotaro is one of Japans true genius potters, moving far beyond tradition, glaze research and firing technique, to a place of inception. He first began with a 7 year apprenticeship under his older brother Kotaro, ending when he established his own kiln in 1974. Since then his list of exhibitions and awards has been amazing, including the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (National Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibition), Governors Prize and five times winner of Best of Show at the Asahi Togei Ten (Asahi Ceramics Exhibition), and Best of Show at Gifu Prefectural Exhibition among many others.