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A Karatsu guinomi Sake cup by Nakazato Takashi enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1985. It is 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) diameter, 2 inches (5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Nakazato Takashi was born the 5thson of Nakazato Tarouemon XII in 1937, a family with an ancient tradition in the ceramic culture of Karatsu. Takashi first stepped into the limelight in 1961, receiving top prize at the Asahi Togeiten National Ceramic Exhibition. Ten years later he would begin to travel, and would spend 4 years away, both abroad, and building a kiln and reviving the Tanegashima pottery tradition. In 1974 he returned to Karatsu, opening his Ryuta-gama kiln in Karatsu. Since he has been often awarded, and has held workshops and collaborations with many artists both in Japan, and abroad. According to NHK, “Three possible responses might be considered with respect to the bonds imposed by three hundred years of unbroken artistic tradition, First, orthodox continuation of the tradition, second, complete abandonment of the tradition, and third, progress towards a new form of creation as a reaction to the traditional mode. The work of Takashi Nakazato indicates that he has, in effect, chosen a path closest to the third alternative. Nakazato has not abandoned his inherited tradition, but has created a unique and original world of ceramic craftsmanship known as "Karatsu Nanban", which, by imparting a free and imaginative artistic form to the daily dining utensils of Karatsu pottery, attempts to recapture the vitality which characterized the art prior to its formalization as a fixed tradition.”