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Ryotaro Kato

加藤 亮太郎
Ceramic Artist • 1974 –

A ceramic artist based in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture, Ryotaro Kato is the eighth generation of the “Kobeigama” Kiln family. He is deeply passionate about using “ana-gama” (literally, “cave”) kilns and produces mainly Mino tea ceramics in styles such as Shino, Setoguro and Oribe. He is also well versed in the tea ceremony and calligraphy, and conveys the beauty of Japan’s unique culture through his works. While building on tradition, he continues to actively refine his own sensibilities and take on the challenge of new projects.

BASED IN
Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture
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POINT OF VIEW

In each of the works fired in their ana-gama kiln, we can see the experience and intelligence of this stylish artist and his reverence for the ultimate pottery jointly created by nature and man. Ryotaro Kato’s creative activities expand a field which seems to embody the free spirit of Mino Momoyama pottery born 400 years ago.

 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

1974

Born the eldest son of Kobei Kato, the 7th generation head of the Kobeigama Kiln in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture

1999

Completed graduate studies in ceramics at Kyoto City University of Arts Department of Crafts

2000

Entered the family business, Kobeigama Kiln

2012

Solo Exhibition at Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial

2014

Exhibited at the Ninth Annual Paramita Ceramics Award Exhibition at Paramita Museum

2016

Kobeigama Kiln History Exhibition at the Furukawa Museum of Art

Exhibited at the PANK Kogei (Rakusuitei Museum of Art, Ibaraki Prefecture Museum of Ceramic Art)

2018

Milan Salone CASA GIFU3 (Italy)

Created a Nara Sansai Tenmoku tea bowl for use in a tea offering by tea master So-oku Sen at the Buddhist service celebrating the completion of the Chukindo Hall at Kofukuji Temple

2019

Solo Exhibition + Tea Party at Goldmark Gallery (UK)

Kobeigama Kiln History Exhibition at the Mino Ceramics Museum

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