Robert Yellin's Japanese Pottery Blog

Greetings from Kyoto, We've just moved our gallery into a magnificent old Sukiya style home located very near the Silver Pavilion; a stunning area and setting for the inspired ceramic art we share with the world. Please visit us if ever in Kyoto or online at and

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Kato Kozo-New Living National Treasure

Late night update, as predicted here and on our gallery, Kato Kozo was just named a LNT for his Setoguro (Black Seto) wares; in Japanese: Kato was among five who were named, he the only one for ceramics, a short video in Japanese here announcing the news: and in Kato's prefectural newspaper: The last Gifu-based LNT for ceramics was the late Kato Takuo for sansai-tri-colored wares designated 15 years ago, and before him were only two (Kato's teacher Arakawa Toyozo and porcelain master Tsukamoto Kaiji) thus making Kato the fourth LNT for ceramic art from Gifu.


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