Takashi Nakazato was born in 1937 in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture as the fifth son to a family with a storied history in creative pottery work. His father, ceramist Taroemon Nakazato, is a national treasure in Japan.

While visiting his exhibition "Takashi Nakazato’s 30th Anniversary of Kiln Building" in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi, I found him sitting quietly alone.

“Sensei,” I greeted, and he smiled at me with warm familiarity. I hadn’t seen Nakazato since 2005, back when Sara presented the "Karatsu" exhibition in New York City. The reunion, long overdue, was a wonderful experience.