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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