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An unusual and experimental slab form vase by Kato Shigetaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box, judging by form likely from the 1960s. The slab has been wrapped around and pinched together, one end folded and flattened to from the base, the other torn off and left jagged. Opposite the pinched joint is a deep gorge torn from the lay where ash has clung and melted, and the corners have fissured during the firing process, creating a unique silhouette. From the outside the vase may appear to be Tamba or even some newly discovered Bizen, however a look inside to the sandy blended clay reveals its Seto origins. The vase is 9-1/2 inches (24.5 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Shigetaka was born the second son of Kato Tokuro in 1927. He graduated the Seto Industrial School of Ceramics and studied under his father. From 1959-1971 submitted annually to the Nitten where he received the Hokusho prize as well as the Modern Ceramics Prize among others. He also received the Japanese Ceramics Society award and governors prize at the Asahi Togeiten. He later accompanied his father on frequent trips to China and Central Asia for research into the roots of silk road pottery. He is best known for Shino ware but worked the gamut of Mino and Seto styles.