Japanese Contemporary Pottery

Shunto, Kato Oribe Pottery Slab | Oribe Elongated Pottery Platter | 1947-1986



Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 14-0”l x 5-1/2”w x 1-1/2”h

Oribe potters are followers of Yo to bi, (Beauty and Use), placing emphasis on the beauty of an object first, and its use second. This exceptional and elongated slab with a wave-like low relief throughout the top of the clay slab, and colored in a variegated grassy olive-blueish-green glaze color variation, as the glaze settles thickly into the motif and pulls thinly away from the raised peaks. This is the essence of what is known as Oribe-yaki. The platform is raised on two, low 1-1/4” side panels forming the feet of the piece. It has Khunto inscribed signature on the bottom. This piece was purchased from Cha-yaki dealer selling premium tea and tea ceremony-related potter in Kanazawa Japan in 1989.

Condition: Excellent, as made with no chips, cracks, or distortion of color. 

 NOTE: Shunto Kato was born as a member of the famous family of Seto pottery scene in 1916. He had been studying in the traditional glaze in Seto and then mastered the ashes glaze praised by many authorities. He won the Aichi pref. Intangible cultural property holder. The inherited aesthetics of Wabi Sabi are elements in his work and still alive in modern Japan and remain an important aspect of Japan's spirit.

Oribe ware (Oribe-yaki) is a classic style of pottery developed by the tea master Furata Oribe, (1544-1615), in the 16th century. Most of it is made in Seto province at the Mino kilns. Oribe ware is one of the most startling and innovative expressions, of Japanese ceramics in existence, not only of this period but of all periods. Oribe ware has a very earthy feel with its layering of naturally occurring olive-green, copper glaze which makes it most recognizable. Its highly abstracted motifs are inspired by rice, bird, flower, water forms, fishing nets, and various fabric motifs, among other geometric forms.