The Kataro Shirayamadani Dragon vase was created in 1922 after Kataro's return from his 10-year hiatus in Japan and is from the original, archived 90-year old mold.
Kataro carved this design on an existing 1912 Rookwood vase shape adding the billowing dragon scale repeating pattern that accommodates the swell of the vessel with 20 rows of 10 shapes each, and at the top, a bracelet comprised of 10 diamonds interlocking 10 rings.
Kataro Shirayamadani worked at Rookwood from 1887-1911. He then went back to Japan for a decade, but returned in 1921, and continued to work at Rookwood until his passing, in 1948. He is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery near one of the upper ponds.