Shotaro Hayashi (歴史)
Shotaro (b. 1947) is one of the biggest names in contemporary Mino ceramics. He first began with a 7 year apprenticeship under his older brother Kotaro, ending when he established his own kiln in 1974. Since then his list of exhibitions and awards has been amazing. A member of the prestigious DENTOKOGEIKAI for years, Hayashi Has exhibited at major exhibitions throughout Japan. Hayashi is considered by many to be the top Shino-ware artist of Japan, destined to become one of the next Living National Treasures. Many consider him a genius of modern Momoyama inspired ceramics. It is quite an amazing thing to behold a Shotaro bowl. Shino ware (志野焼 Shino-yaki) is Japanese pottery, usually stoneware, originally from Mino Province, in present-day Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It emerged in the 16th century, but is now widespread, including use abroad. It is identified by thick white glazes, red scorch marks, and a texture of small holes. Shino was Japan's first high-fired white-glazed pottery with iron-oxide brush markings; most decoration on pottery up until that time had been carved, incised or appliqued. One distinctive characteristic of Shino is small pinholes called suana (nest holes), which tea masters favor and term yuzuhada, or citron skin.
Shotaro Hayashi ★W4358★