Wakao Toshisada is a leading artist specializing in grey-Shino ware, a type of ceramic with a long tradition originating in the Momoyama period (16th century). Though he chiefly produces tableware, Wakao also produces large-scale plates and vases in abstract forms. These daring sculptural silhouettes contrast with the natural motifs inspired by the Rinpa school of painting that decorate the vessels. To achieve such intricate decoration, he applies several layers of glaze and slip over multiple firings. He also employs neriage technique, a process of mixing colored clay while shaping the form.
In 2003, he was appointed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Gifu Prefecture.
Tea bowl with nezumi-shino glaze and design of Mt. Fuji with the moon rising on the opposite surface
4 x 5"
Nezumi-shino (gray shino)-glazed covered water jar with lid with matching lid
6 1/2 x 6 7/8 in.
Nezumi-shino square plate with autumn grasses design in white
2 1/4 x 11 1/4 x 11 in.