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Post by studio-pots on April 16th 2020, 3:44 pm

Hajimu Kato was born in Shigaraki, Japan in 1946, has only been potting full time since 1987 but despite this his work was included in the “Great Shigaraki Exhibition” in 2001 alongside past and modern Shigaraki masters.

Here's an image of him back on 2004.

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………………… and his wood-firing kiln.

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Post by studio-pots on April 16th 2020, 3:46 pm

A chawan (teabowl) and guinomi (sake cup) by Kato-san.

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Post by studio-pots on April 16th 2020, 4:18 pm

One of the problems with Japanese pots in general is that different types of pots by the same potter are not always marked the same.

Here is Kato-san's mark from a chawan, which I hope you can make out: -

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and the seal mark from the guinomi (with a pencil sketch by me added): -

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Post by studio-pots on April 16th 2020, 4:25 pm

If that isn't enough marks, here is one of his vases with a different mark on the base.

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…. and the full incised signature on the base.

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