A Japanese vintage Seto Ware 瀬戸焼 kabin or flower vase, by famous Master Potter and Human Cultural Asset, Shunto Kato. This is a wonderful small squat style vase for Ikebana, we are not sure of the Japanese name for this style. Most often called Seto-yaki, it is the pottery of Aichi Prefecture in Japan. It is chosen as one of the oldest 6 pottery historically called Rokkoyo in Japan. As most often is the case, this piece is handmade, with tooled designs, then painted and glazed. This pot vase has a very tasteful and rich ash glaze with distinctive unique shape. A simple yet elegant design of a line with a flower on each side carved in the sides and surrounds it. It's short style body is often needed but hard to find or one never thinks of for certain type of flower arrangements. It also make a wonderful decorative item, or anything imaginable for a pot or vase this size. It is about 40-50 years old, dating to the late Japanese Showa period of 1926-1989. It is in very good vintage condition with no cracks, there are a few minor chips on the lip of the vase which appear larger than they truly are due to the expanded pictures. It is signed on the bottom by Master potter Shunto Kato, as is the tomobako which is the very important and special box made especially for this item. See more below about the potter.
SIZE: Height: 3.14" or 7.97cms , Width: 5.42" or 13.76 cms Total weight with box: 935 grams or 2 lbs. prepacked
Master Potter Human Cultural Asset 加藤春闘 Kato Shunto
This Seto pottery item is by Famous Kato Shunto-san, 1916-2008. He is a 7th generation Master potter. Mr. Shunto Kato was designated by Aichi prefecture as Intangible Cultural Human Asset, one of Japan's many ways of recognizing their top performing artists. His techniques have been judged by many and he won many awards and prizes when he was alive. His works of ceramic art were mainly of Seto's traditional glazes such as ash glaze, Ofuke, Oribe, Shino and Ki-set. One can browse and find more on this artist’s work and history on the internet. A quote about him by Appel regarding his sculptural pots, which must set this one outside of the norm; Very heavy -- not ponderous -- but you felt the strength. They were very gutsy and alive. The guy was ingenuous.
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