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A man is scribbled into the surface of this black form by Kato Yasuhide dating c. 1975. It is 8 inches (21 cm) tall and in fine condition.
While still under the tutelage of Living National Treasure Kondo Yuzo and Kiyomizu Kyubei at the prestigious Kyoto Municipal University of Fine Art , Kato Yasuhide was awarded Grand prize at the Asahi Ceramics Exhibition, a true rarity for an artist not yet even graduated. Within a year of finishing school in 1968, he was to be the youngest ever to receive the Hokuto-sho Prize at the Nitten National Exhibition, a record still holding today. The following year (1970) he was recipient of the top prize at the Gendai Kogei-Ten National Modern Crafts Exhibition. He would spend a great deal of the 70s travelling and studying many traditions of pottery, but still made time for his art. In 1971 he submitted works to New Zealands Ceramics Art Fair, then off to Europe and Korea in 72. 1973 saw him awarded top prize at the Chunichi International Ceramics Exhibition and the governors prize there the following year. Moving on in 1974 he would garner top prize at the Asahi Ceramics Exhibit, and in 77 finds himself in Italy for the Italian International Ceramics Exhibit. While travelling throughout Eastern Asia he was purchased by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and awarded at the Shin-Kogeiten (New Crafts Exhibition) in 1980. Following was time spent in Western Asia. This piece dates circa 1990, 5 years before he would succeed the name Kato Kyubei.