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Katō Yasukage

Katō Yasukage
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(1964-2012)

KATŌ YASUKAGE, who was one of the top young ceramic talents in Japan, specialized in the centuries-old traditions of milky white Shino and green copper glazed Oribe wares. Following the sudden deaths of his illustrious father and grandfather, both renowned ceramists, the fifteen-year-old Katō was sent by his family to Bizen to study ceramics for several years. After further academic training, he returned to his home in Gifu and brought with him a fresh vision to these classical techniques. Powerful forms and exquisite glazes characterize his wares. He was one of the very few shino-oribe artists in Mino who still used wood firing techniques.

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