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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.

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