Smio Satou's shaping, especially when it comes to the classics, tends to leave me conflicted as far as defining it. His take on traditional shapes is, at once, very Japanese, yet at the same time shows clearly the underlying Danish influence that has shaped the Japanese school itself. Or to put it another way, his designs distinguish themselves as Japanese, yet do so sans any high-profile Japanese elements, like, say, heavy organic tweaking or complex balanced asymmetry. Forgoing such dramatic changes in proportions or freehand altering of forms, I guess the best description I can come up with for Satou briars such as this flame-grain and birdseye packed bent Dublin, with its clean lines and subtle touch of lilt to the leading edge of the rim, active poise and yet solid, timeless Dublin foundation, would be simply "Japanese classical".
- Eric N. Squires