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KATO Ichiro

 

    The talented young artist Kato Ichiro(1972-) employs ideas and techniques from traditional Japanese arts, both lacquer ware and textiles. Here, a beautiful hand-painted green pattern accentuated with delicate gold leaf line resembles the tips of bamboo shoots, combined into a complex, swirling pattern.

    This pattern is amplified through the use of gradated glaze, which produces a layered surface. Kato strives to find harmony between pattern and surface in his work and bases his patterns on those found in traditional textiles.His material is colored Shigaraki clay. He presses textile into the wet clay to create a subtle texture in the finished piece. A bisque firing solidifies this texture, then the piece is reinforced with underglaze before a final firing and overglazing. The irregularly rounded square shape of this dish gives the piece an organic feel befitting the sensitive bamboo motif.  

    

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    Here is his other example, a beautiful hand-painted gold leaf pattern over a deep blue background draws the eye across the piece, the undulating line creating a feeling of wave-like motion. This illusion is amplified through the use of gradated glaze, which produces a kind of tromp l'oeil effect. Kato strives to find harmony between pattern and surface in his work. Though the look is that of laquer ware, the pattern is based on one found in traditional textiles. 

    Born in 1972 in the Yamaguchi Prefecture, Kato attended the Kyoto College of Art, graduating in 1992. A decade later, he built his own kiln in Ibaraki, and in 2004 received the Incentive Award at the Asahi Ceramic Competition. 


 

Bowl 布目彩色鉢 

H4.4" x Dia16.7" 

with signed wood box

$3,600

 

Plate 金彩円皿

H1.49" x Dia10"

with signed wood box


$1,400