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Itō Tadashi is known for his use of a type of Japanese gray clay, found at his kiln site in Iwate Prefecture. Before firing his ceramics, they are covered with a layer of white clay that is scraped off afterwards. His saidei (colored-clay) works, ranging from sculptural to functional vessels, have the appearance of antique metal; this is achieved through repeated firings. Itō admires the work of Richard Lang, a British contemporary artist, and also draws inspiration from Japanese Jōmon ware.

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