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Shigaraki Pottery – KATO Hajimu (b.1947): Chawan with personal signature.


Height: 8.1 cm (3.2 inches)   Diameter: 11.4 cm (4.5 inches)

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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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