Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Illustrated is a fine shikishi by legendary potter; Kato Tokuro. This shikishi is painted in a rich, deep black with areas of "flying white" appearing like a noble pot, balanced in the center of the card with the depth of his spirit evident in the bokki of the image. It is quite possible it is all in the wrist, but far more likely it is the spirit of the potter that creates these dramatic calligraphies. Over the years I have seen quite a few shikishi and kakejiku by Kato Tokuro that depict the kanji for "tsubo" (pot) and each one is a bit different and unique, just like the pots of the master himself.

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