Stunning incised and purple glazed bowl by one of the best contemporary Seto potters, Katō Reikichi 加藤令吉 (b. 1953).
Title: Purple Colored Bowl (Shisai hachi 紫彩鉢)
Medium: incised and glazed stoneware
Size: 5.9 x 19.6 x 18.7 cm
Signed on the bottom: Rei (Rei 令)
Date: Shōwa Period, mid 1980s
Condition: no flaws: no cracks or repairs; minor imperfections from firing. Box darkened with age.
Comes with artist signed wooden box (tomobako) and potter’s bio (in Japanese).
Tomobako inscription: Lid- outside: Purple Colored Bowl (Shisai hachi 紫彩鉢); signed: Rei (Rei 令), red seal: Reikichi (令吉)
Katō Reikichi 加藤令吉, was born in 1953 within an unbroken line of Seto potters, as the 22nd generation. His father was Kato Shō (1927-2001), a renowned potter. An old law required all potters in Seto to have the family name Katō, and most Seto potters today with that family name hail from long lineages, originating in the Momoyama or early Edo period. Reikichi graduated from the art department at Kamagawa University. Whereas his father was fond of depicting butterflies and birds, Reikichi used complete, mostly geometric, abstraction. He is famous for experimenting with glazes, especially blue and purple glazes, incising his work, and in certain cases, applying gold leaf to pieces.
This plate was made in the technique he was best known for, incised and glazed clay.
Reikichi participated in many important exhibits, and won numerous awards including: at least three at Nitten (where he is a judge now), several awards at Chunichi, as well as Asahi Tegeiten, Nihon Shin Kogeiten, and the Niko-kai exhibits. His work is in the permanent collections of Seto City Museum, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Furukawa Museum and the NItten Kaikan.