He was one of the most important characters in the shino, seto and oribe scene. When he was appointed National Living Treasure for his goals achieved with Kiseto but he did not accept it. Since 1914 he has always sought the roots of Seto and to revive Oribe at the same time.
Kato Tokuro, one of the leading experts in contemporary ceramics, died in his home in Nagoya at 10:05 am on December 24 of a heart attack at the age of 87. Born on July 19, 1897, but that date is in contrast with those who say it is 1988. The family records of January 17, 1937 confirm that he was born in 1897 in a semi-agricultural kiln in Aichi with the first name Shokuro Kano. At that time, despite his commitment to the world of ceramics, he failed, especially due to the economic boom after the First World War. He had the potential to become a businessman but was always fond of pottery and loved to dig old kilns in the Seto and Mino regions where he found many ancient works from the Momoyama period and tried to restore them himself. Kato is remembered for having built his furnace in 1945 in Seto City and for having seriously challenged all production by questioning Mino's origins, whether or not they predate what was established by the community. This brought him into a strong conflict. He was totally immersed in his countless assignments and milestones including the opportunity to exchange works with Picasso. But as often happens in the world of art, he was challenged to exhibit a work considered a fake, his designation was canceled and in the face of the heavy sentence he left all public offices and in recent years he devoted himself exclusively to pottery production.
Kato Tokuro (1896-1985)
- the highest appraised market value of art was over 100,000,000 JPY.