Takuo, Shunto, Sho, Goro, Sesei 5 Japanese Yunomi Set
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A set of five Yunomi cups by five great artists of the Seto Region, Living National Treasure Kato Takuo, Kato Shunto Kato Sho, Kawamoto Goro and Suzuki Seisei. Each comes enclosed in a signed wooden box, the five boxes all grouped in one box of card paper. They are roughly 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall each and all are in excellent condition.
Kato Takuo, I am sure, requires no introduction. He was trained in ceramics by both his father, Kato Kobei, and at the Kyoto School of ceramics. He was soon accepted and consistently displayed at any number of National and International Exhibitions, and was named an Intangible Cultural Asset in 1995. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a piece by this highly sought Japanese Artist.
Kato Shunto is a very highly esteemed Seto artist, some of his handicrafts held by Aichi prefecture as important cultural properties. Works by him are often praised at the prestigious Nitten exhibition, as well as the Brussels Grand-Prix, and his dishes grace the table of the Japanese Emperor as a favorite of the Royal Prince and Princess.
Kato Sho (1927-2001) was born into the house of a potter, and graduated the Tokyo University of Art before branching out on his own. He made his National Debut at the Nitten in 1961. He has been since displayed nationally and internationally in the United States, Mexico and New Zealand among others. He received the Nitten Hokuto Prize, and was honored as judge at that most prestigious event, the same at the Asahi Togei Ten (Awarded), Kofukai, and Nihon Shin Kogei Ten (National Japanese New Craft Exhibition). He was named an Intangible Cultural Property for Aichi prefecture (the state level version of Living National Treasure) in 2000, one year before his death.
Kawamoto Goro (1919-1986) was born in Seto to a family of potters. He studied in Kyoto at the same institution as Kawai Kanjiro and Hamada Shoji. Returning to work at the family kiln, he was later adopted by Kawamoto Rekitei, a famous decorator of pottery. In 1953 he gained first recognition, accepted into the Nitten National Exhibition and garnering top prize at the Asahi Modern Ceramics Exhibition. In 1958 he would be awarded in Brussels, and in 1959 in California and at home was granted the 1959 JCS award winner. Much lauded the list is much too long for this article. , work by him is held in the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art as well as the The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo among many others.
Suzuki Seisei(1914-1990) served as mentor to a generation of young potters. His research into glazes and constant development earned him the Aichi prefectural Cultural award and the Chunichi Cultural Award as well as a place in 20th century pottery Annals. He exhibited with and was awarded at the Nitten, Gendai Kogeiten, Asahi Togeiten and Chunichi Kokusai Togeiten among others.