In recent years, the enduring Seihakuji (青白磁) or blue-white porcelain have been rendered innovatively by several young talents, such as Kato Tsubusa. Born in Tajimi city, Kato has become a recognized figure in the contemporary ceramic world. Unlike conventional flawless serene porcelain, Kato’s pale blue glazed porcelain manifests motion, drama and energy. Kato’s porcelain sculpture manifests motion, not serenity, adventurous form, not luxurious elegance. It is theatrical and dynamic, rather than capturing the traditional refined stillness of canonical celadon. The serrated edges of his functional works counteracts its own form with sculptural interpretation, blurring the lines between form and function.
Kato uses New Zealand kaolin clay to create snow-white porcelain sculptures that oscillate between expressive abstraction and ceramic traditions. This white porcelain is covered with a tender, overflowing celadon glaze, invoking the signature colors and aesthetics of Kato Tsubusa’s works. The faceted surface underneath the glaze has grounded this delicate piece, giving it strength.