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Miscellaneous Pottery – KATO Tsubusa: Celadon glazed porcelain sake cup


  Height: 8.25 cm (3.25 inches)    Maximum Diameter: 4.8 cm (1.9 inches)

 

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Kato Tsubusa was born in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture in 1962 and graduated from the city’s Pottery Design and Technical Centre in 1979. He was given his first solo exhibition in 1989 at Savoir Vivre, Tokyo and in the same year moved to Tomika-cho where he built a wood fired kiln. This sake cup was originally bought from a subsequent solo exhibition at Savoir Vivre in 1993 and since this series of exhibitions he has exhibited elsewhere in Japan as well as Paris, Munich and New York, having solo exhibitions there in 2006 and 2008. His pots were an early influence on the work of Edmund de Waal, who came across it while researching his book on Bernard Leach.

 

This sake cup is as it was when it left the kiln and had no box when originally purchased. The two images of the side of the vessel above show the actual colour of the piece as it appears in the “flesh”.

 

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