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Incredibly thick feldspar glaze crystallizes in a fissured maze on the viciously cut sides of this large Shino vase by Hayashi Shotaro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Underglaze streaks of dark iron appear in the deep crevices. Very much in the artists style, the vase is 11-1/2 inches (29 cm) tall, 5 inches (13 cm) diameter and in perfect condition. Shotaro is perhaps one of Japans true genius potters, moving far beyond tradition, glaze research and firing technique, to a place of inception. He first began with a 7 year apprenticeship under his older brother Kotaro, ending when he established his own kiln in 1974. Since then his list of exhibitions and awards has been amazing, including the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (National Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibition), Governors Prize and five times winner of Best of Show at the Asahi Togei Ten (Asahi Ceramics Exhibition), and Best of Show at Gifu Prefectural Exhibition.