Kato Tsubusa

The Stunning Ceramics Of Kato Tsubusa

Kato Tsubusa who lives and works in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture, Japan is a popular artist known for his blue and white porcelain works.

Sharp and tense form with a glaze tone of blue and white porcelain like a clear blue sky. The works of Mr. Kato, created by his well-honed sensibility, have the power to captivate viewers in an instant.

Kato Tsubusa
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The edgy shapes of his works, which are cut down with a blade, were inspired by an experience she had in Niigata when he was in his 20s.

His works are made by challenging the plasticity of porcelain clay. The form is challenging and emotional as if challenging the plasticity of the porcelain clay.

He built his own anagama kiln on the hill behind his house several years ago. While firebricks are generally used to make anagama, Mr. Kato’s anagama is made by piling up clay clumps instead of using ready-made firebricks.

Kato Tsubusa
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His attitude is to treat the common sense as insanity, and the insanity as common sense. He is one of the artists who lead contemporary ceramics to a new stage.


  • 1962 Born in Onada-cho, Tajimi-city
  • 1978 Tile production “Sea”, Japan Ceramics Competition
  • 1979 Completed Tajimi City Ceramic Design Institute and worked at Odai Kiln
  • 1996 “Rin: The Beauty of Contemporary Ceramic Art”, Shiga Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga, Japan
  • Expression of Porcelain in the 90’s” The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1997 “Contemporary Ceramic Art of Mino, Tradition and Creation” Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Aichi, Japan
  • 1998 NHK BS2 “Cutting the Clay”, Kato Committee, Japan
  • 2002 “100 Years of Contemporary Ceramic Art” Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Gifu
  • 2003 “The World of White Porcelain and Celadon” The Museum of Ceramic Art, Ibaraki
  • 2004 “Forms of Heart, Forms of Life” The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan
  • 2006 “Ceramics: Tradition and Avant-Garde of Japanese Ceramics” Musee National de la Ceramique, France
  • 2007 “The 2nd Paramita Grand Prize Exhibition” Paramita Museum, Mie, Japan
  • 2009 Moved the studio to Onada-cho, Tajimi-city
  • 2010 “Attempted Tea Ceremony, Kitanomaru Grand Tea Ceremony” The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • 2011 “The Beauty of White Porcelain and Celadon: Tradition and Creation”, Raku Suitei Art Museum, Tokyo
  • 2013 Awarded the Ceramic Society of Japan Award, Enku Grand Prize