Kato Hajimu did not
begin to pot seriously until he was 40 years old when he left the family
firm, built an anagama kiln and concentrated on becoming a ceramic artist.
The teabowl above is made from the local sandy clay, which is characterised
by the quartz fragments it contains that partly fuse during the firing
process. It also exhibits a pinkish hue at the rim in the first image, which
is a rare desired feature. Kato’s incised signature can just be seen in the
final image at “3 o’clock”.
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