Paddled Vase

Title

Paddled Vase

Creator

Kobei KATŌ V
Japanese, 1893–1982

Date

1967

Description

Kato’s paddled vase recalls the iconic Japanese blossoming cherry tree. The body of the vase is rounded in a way that captures the curves of a ripe cherry, reaching up to a neck and opening that conjures a cherry stem. The varying shades of pink and cream glazes mottled with imperfections and inconsistencies evoke the cherry branch that is depicted in red.

Like his father before him and his son after him, Katō headed the Kobei Kiln in Mino. Katō V is known for his experiments with akae, a term that refers to red painted ceramics, such as this paddled vase. However, it was his work in more traditional Mino styles, such as the black oribe vase currently on view in the ceramics gallery that led to Kato’s recognition as an “intangible cultural asset” by the Japanese government.

Contributor

Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University

Identifier

86.367

Rights

This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses are not permitted.

Format

Mino stoneware; Height: 8 in. (20.3 cm)