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kato tsubusa 加藤委(1962- )



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KATO Tsubusa accepts the challenge of working with clay in its most difficult, fragile form: long strips of clay supported at only one end. At the apex of the tall triangular body, one long strip reaches skyward and another, almost a continuation, points to the ground, like the outstretched arms of a ballerina.

A better comparison is to the art of calligraphy. The long, vibrant strips of clay resemble calligraphic strokes. Energy. Pure energy in clay embodying dashing calligraphy. Kato’s homage to Japanese calligraphy.




Public Collections:

Aichi Prefecture Ceramic Museum,

Kyoto Newspaper Company,

The Art Institute of Chicago,

Ishikawa Prefecture Kutani Institute of Technology,

Brooklyn Museum, Tomo Museum,

Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation,

Gifu Prefecture Contemporary 

Ceramic Art Museum, River Retreat Garaku


1962    Born in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture

1979    Completed a training in Tajimi Municipal Ceramic Design Center

1983-4 Ceramics & People Exhibition, Yamanashi Prefectural Art Museum

1984    Became independent

           Participated in Asahi Ceramic Exhibition

1986    Participated in the excavation of the old Anagama kiln site; carried a preservation campaign for the site

1987    Participated in Chunichi International Ceramic Exhibition

1989    Solo exhibition, Savoir Vivre, Tokyo

            Moved to Tomika-city and built his own kiln

1990    Solo exhibition, Gallery F, Minokamo

            Participated in Exhibition “Clay, Flame and Shuntaro Tanikawa”, Chiku-mura, Tajimi

           Solo exhibition, Kuroda Toen, Tokyo

1991    Solo exhibition, Gallery F, Minokamo

           Exhibition, Life Gallery Ten, Fukuoka

           Exhibition, Gallery Isogaya, Tokyo

           Exhibition “Shapes of Vessels”, AZ Gallery, Tokyo

           Solo exhibition, ARTE SPAZIO, Tokyo

           Exhibition “Clay – Message IN Mino”, Tajimi

           Solo exhibition. Gallery Pousse, Tokyo

           Solo exhibition, Gallery M, Tokyo

1992    Solo exhibition, Kuroda Toen, Tokyo

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Enkyo, Ichinomiya

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Ensha, Niigata

1993    Participated in Exhibition  “Contemporary Vessels Part I” Karaku, Tokyo

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Enbu, Nagoya

           Solo exhibition, Life Gallery Ten, Fukuoka

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Tenjuku, Tokyo (thereafter ‘96, ‘98, ’00) 

1994    Invited to exhibit in Asahi Craft Exhibition

           Solo exhibition, Gallery KOYANAGI, Tokyo

           Solo exhibition, Karaku “Kai”, Tokyo

1995    Solo exhibition, Gallery Kandori, Tokyo (thereafter ‘98, ’01, ’02)

1996    “Rin – Beauty of Contemporary Ceramics”, Shiga Ceramic Park Museum

           “Young Leaders of Contemporary Ceramics”, Aichi Prefecture Ceramic Museum 

           “Contemporary Ceramics of Tokai Region”, International Ceramics Academy, Nagoya     

            Solo exhibition, Gallery Yumanite Nagoya, Nagoya (thereafter ’98)

            Solo exhibition, To Iwaoka, Sagamihara (thereafter ‘97-’00, ‘02)

            Solo exhibition, Gallery NOW, Toyama

            Solo exhibition, Masuda Studio, Tokyo (thereafter ’01)

1997    “Contemporary Ceramics in Mino ‘Tradition & Creation’”, Aichi Prefecture Ceramic Museum  

            Solo exhibition, Utsuwakan, Kyoto (thereafter ’99)

            Solo exhibition, Oukashorin, Nagano (thereafter ’99 & ’00)

1998    “Current Form of Ceramics”, Alice Ark Museum, Kesenuma

            Solo exhibition, Gallery Yumanite Nagoya, Nagoya 

            Solo exhibition, Hashimoto Bijutsu Gallery, Nagoya (thereafter ’01)

1999    Slide Lectures and workshops at Faenza, Aichi, and Seoul

            Solo exhibition, Dojima Gallery, Osaka (thereafter ’01)

            Solo exhibition, Yabuki Gallery, Okayama

            Solo exhibition, Tamura Gallery, Hiroshima

2000    Solo exhibition, Toshin Gallery, Kamakura

           Solo exhibition, Fujinoya Gallery, Sano

           Solo exhibition, Saitouan Gallery, Hagi

            Solo exhibition, Tsuchi no Hana, Tokyo

            Solo exhibition, Bunmu Gallery, Shizuoka

            Solo exhibition, Nakagen Gallery, Aichi

2001     Solo exhibition, Tanaka Gallery, Nagoya

            Solo exhibition, Takashimaya Department Store, Nihonbashi Tokyo

            Solo exhibition, Takumiya, Gifu

2002    “The Legacy of Modern Ceramic Art” exhibition, Gifu Prefecture Contemporary Ceramic Art Museum

            Solo exhibition, Asu Akebi, Ehime

2003    “The World of White and Blue Celadon Glazed Porcelains” exhibition, Ibaraki Prefecture Ceramic Art Museum, Kasama

            Kanazawa International Craft Forum 2003, Kanazawa

2004    “Shape of Heart, Shape of Living” exhibition, Gifu Prefecture Art Museum, Gifu

           “Mino Ceramics Now” exhibition, Gifu Prefecture Contemporary Ceramic Art Museum, Tajimi

           “Days of Deed”: Tsubusa Kato – Hono Kim” exhibition, Seto City New Century Craft Museum, Seto

2006    “’Touji’ Tradition and Avant-garde of Japanese Ceramic Art” exhibition

            National Ceramic Art Museum of France, Sevre

2007     Fired with passion: Contemporary Ceramics of Japan, Towson        

            University Asian Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts, Maryland.

2008     Solo Exhibition Hot Ice, Dai Ichi Arts, New York.

2014    Flow, exhibition organized by NCECA, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI