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Blue and White Sake Cup
Tsubusa Kato
[Ceramic + Porcelain ]
Item Number:C3984
In Japan there are many words that contain the term sake: asazake (morning sake), amazake (sweet, mild sake), iwaizake (celebratory sake), kanzake (warmed sake), nigorizake (unrefined sake), hanamizake (cherry blossom-viewing sake), yukimizake (snow-viewing sake), mukaezake (hair of the dog), masuzake (sake in a square wooden cup), etc.

From this, it can be seen that Sake, which is brewed from rice, plays an important role in the lives of the Japanese people, it is drunk at ceremonies and festivals, weddings and celebrations, while in ancient times it was used as an offering before battle or on auspicious occasions. It offers people a fresh start and purifies their bodies; whenever there is an occasion for people to come together, sake is always present.

The vessels used for serving and drinking sake came in a huge variety of shapes and sizes: narrow-necked flasks, called tokuri, that are used to pour sake; lipped bowls, called katakuchi, for serving; tiny cups known as guinomi that allow the drinker to enjoy the sake a little at a time; and many others. From great masters to new young artists, all of Ippodo's artists have excelled themselves to produce works in their own particular styles that can be seen at the Ippodo Gallery.

*There will be no opening reception.

Participating Artists (in alphabetical order)
Ken Akachi / Junsuke Asai / Ryusuke Asai / Goni Chon / Yasushi Fujihira / Tetsuya Ishiyama / Tsubusa Kato/ Masato Kigasawa / Ryoji Koie / Masahiro Maeda/ Toru Matsuzaki / Shigeyoshi Morioka / Yuriko Morioka/ Kohei Nakamura / Katsunori Nakashima / Akio Niisato / Yoshio Nishihata / Kai Tsujimura / Shiro Tsujimura / Yui Tsujimura
About the Artist

Born in 1962, Gifu Japan.

"The crest of a wave or the tip of a roaring flame: it is these fleeting forms that I try to capture in a moment in time."
- Tsubusa Kato

Biographic Work Summary
Graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Centre Gifu, Gifu, Japan.

While much of Kato's work takes on a dynamic and undefinable from, it also expresses images of instability and force. The glaze and clay are not restricted to a defined form, but change with each viewing. It is as if the materials in Kato's pieces move; and we can see that he caught just the right moment of a sharp image to freeze it in time.
These pieces, made almost entirely of glaze, represent a new direction for Kato. Traditionally, the ceramic ware is made of clay, and the glaze is applied with decorative purpose. Even if the glaze has a flat thickness, it is only superficial. Kato is motivated by a desire to express the true form of glaze as a material. Works formed from blue and white glazed ceramic clumps create a mysterious effect, giving the piece a gem-like quality.