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Tsubusa Kato

Tsubusa Kato is an outstanding artist.
When he found a pure white kaolin clay at a clay shop,
it looked interesting for him to use that new material.
That was an imported kaoalin from New Zealand. Many
potters tried to do a wheel work with it and found it
no good. It was not viscous enough for their wheel works.
It cracks easily and doesn't fit to compose a intended form freely.
Tsubusa didn't use the ordinary tools for it. He used
a chopper to get the clay formed in his style.
The goddess smiled to this brave artist.
She gave him wonderful color and luster on his pieces.


1962 Born in Tajimi city, Gifu
1979 Completed Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center
1983 Group exhibition at Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art
1984 Won a prize at "Asahi Modern Ceramics Exhibition"
1987 Won a prize at "Chūnichi International Exhibition of Ceramic Arts"
1989 First solo exhibition (SAVOIR VIVRE/Tokyo)
Moved to Kawakomaki and constructed a wood-firing kiln
1993 Published "Pottery Vol.85, Kato Tsubusa" from Kyoto Shoin
1996 "RIN A Beauty of Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition" (The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park/Shiga)
"The expression and the potential in contemporary ceramics" (Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum/Aichi)
"Expression of Porcelain Development in the 90s" (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo/Tokyo)
1998 Broadcast on NHK BS program YAKIMONO-TANBO, "Cut Off Clay - Kato Tsubusa"
1999 "Faenza, Aichi, Seoul Contemporary Ceramic Arts" (KEPCO Plaza Gallery/Seoul)
"Ceramic Plates of 13 artists Exhibition" (Toumu Gallery/Shiga)
Lecture and workshop at Seoul National University of Technology
2002 "100 Years of Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition" (Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu/Gifu)
2003 "White Porcelain and Celadon Exhibition" (Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum/Ibaraki)
2004 "Form of Heart, Form of Life Exhibition" (The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu/Gifu)
"Mino Ceramics Now 2004" (Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu/Gifu)
"Days of Actions Kato Tsubusa - Kim Hono Exhibition" (Seto Ceramic and Glass Art Center/Aichi)
2006 "Toji :Japanese Ceramic Art, Tradition and Avant-garde Exhibition" (Musee national de Ceramique/Paris)
"Fleeting Moment" (Dai Ichi Arts/NY)
2007 "Celadon Exhibition" (Galerie Handwerk/Munich)
Won 2nd-price at "The 2nd Paramita Ceramic Art Grand-prix Exhibition" (Paramita Museum/Mie)
Mino Tea Ceremony (SVD Tajimi Monastery/Gifu)
2009 "select & collect - Mainly from Ushida collection -" (gallery VOICE/Gifu)
Accredited by the 3rd Ushida Collection
"A viewpoint and form to intersect Vol.3" (Continental Gallery/Hokkaido)
Moved to Tajimi city, established larger atelier
2010 Attempting Tea Ceremony, Kitanomaru Large-scale Tea Ceremony (Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo /Tokyo)
2011 "Water of Cashi" (Kura, Rakusui-tei Museum of Art/Toyama)
"White Age" (Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art/Tochigi)
2012 "A viewpoint and form to intersect Vol.5"
(Traveling exhibition: Sapporo Art Museum& Mombetsu City Museum& Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido/Hokkaido)
"Mino Ceramics Now 2012 - MINO Up-and-Coming Ceramics -" (Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu/Gifu)
2013 Won Japan Ceramics Society Award
Won the 7th Enku Grand Award
Constructed a new kiln at the neiborhood of atelier
2014 "Tsubusa Kato and Akio Nisato, DUO Show - Record of the Tea Ceremony in the House of Ubusuna -"(Kurimoto Gallery/Niigata)

Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum (Aichi)
The Kyoto Shimbun Co.,Ltd. (Kyoto)
Ishikawa Prefectural Institute For Kutani Pottery (Ishikawa)
Musee Tomo (Tokyo)
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu (Gifu)
Ushida Collecction (Gifu)
The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago)
Blooklyn Museum (NY)
Mary & Jackson Burke Foundation (NY)
Victoria & Albert Museum (London)
Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum (Ibaraki)



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