Born in Brazil, after studying law in Tokyo, Ōno Kōtarō pursued a career as Japanese ceramist first as a student in Tajimi and then at Ceramica de Moncloa in Madrid. His international background prompted him to settle in Hokkaido, away from any of the celebrated traditional Japanese pottery- making centers like Tajimi. Specializing in celadon glazing on porcelain, he glazes mainly with seihakuji (bluish-white celadon) and to a lesser degree with ōji, or yellow celadon. His works in porcelain are known for their undulating, linear, carved surface patterning (shinogi-de) that evokes the softness typically associated with stoneware. His works have been exhibited in Japan and internationally.
Silent Swell; Seihakuji (bluish white porcelain) vessel
4 3/4 x 12 7/8 in.
Tall pale yellow celadon-glazed vase with a carved, undulating wave pattern
10 1/4 x 8 11/16 x 10 in.
Globular seihakuji (bluish-white) celadon-glazed water jar with lacquer lid
Glazed porcleain and lacquer lid
5 5/8 x 7 1/2 in.
Slightly flattened conical vessel
9 5/8 x 11 3/8 x 11 inches
Globular jar with carved undulating ridged body
Porcelain with clear yellow celadon glaze
11 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 11 1/2