Kato Yasukage, who was one of the top young ceramic talents in Japan, specialized in the centuries-old traditions of milky white shino and green copper glazed oribe wares. Following the sudden deaths of his illustrious father and grandfather, both renowned ceramists, the then fifteen-year-old Kato was sent by his family to Bizen to study ceramics for several years. After further academic training, he returned to his home in Gifu and brought with him a fresh vision to these classical techniques. Powerful forms and exquisite glazes characterize his wares. He was one of the very few contemporary shino-oribe artists in Mino who still used wood firing techniques.