Monday, December 3, 2012


Illustrated is a quartet of  Persian vases by Toruku-ao specialist, Kato Kenji that all say; "this is blue". I am rather fond of his work and his definition of  blue, so it was nice to be able to see and handle this group of pots, two glazed in his transparent Persian blue and the other two in his more opaque glaze that works well with bold, thick decoration. The tallest of the group is just about 12" and all four were thrown out a wonderful earthenware that fires up to a reddish buff color. I am continually fascinated by the lyrical brushwork that Kato Kenji used from wispy to bold all laid down quickly and with skill rehearsed from decorating thousands of pots over a lifetime exploring blue.