Shigaraki Pottery Ė KATO Hajimu (b.1947): Yunomi with personal seal.

Height: 8.4 cm (3.3 inches)†† Diameter: 8.6 cm (3.4 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. Since then he has achieved considerable fame and his work was selected for inclusion in the major exhibition of Shigaraki Pottery, the Great Shigaraki Exhibition, held in Japan during 2001. The yunomi above is made from the local sandy clay, which is characterised by the quartz fragments it contains that partly fuse during the firing process. Kato-sanís applied seal mark can be seen in the last image just below the foot ring.