Takahashi Kōzo was born 1954 as son of Takahashi Rakusai IV (*1925) and is currently the latest inheritor of this multi-generational Japanese ceramic tradition. He became the 5th generation Rakusai in 2010. Born in Shigaraki, he graduated from the Shigrakai Pottery Ceramic Research Institute in 1975. He established a group of potters under the tutelage of Living National Treasure Arakawa Toyozō (1894-1985). With his first solo exhibtion at the Takashimaya Department Store in Osaka 1984, he started a long list of national and international exhibtions until today. Lately, the Denver Art Museum’s Asian Art Department and the Consulate-general of Japan in Denver hosted Takahashi Rakusai V and his daughter Yoshiko for the Curator's Circle Lecture 'Passing the Flame: The Takahashi Rakusai Lineage in Shigaraki Ceramics'.
The chaire is signed underneath Mitsu 三 and comes with a fitted, double chamber wooden box, which is inscribed, signed and sealed by the artist and which also contains two silk pouches (shifuku).