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porcelain with pale bluish green glaze (seihakuji)
- Dimensions (H x W x D)
9 3/8 in x 24 3/4 in x 13 3/4 in
- Inscriptions & Markings
inscription: Mu dai, outside of box lid
- Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary Ceramics
- Object Type
- Credit Line
Museum Purchase: Margery Hoffman Smith Fund
- Accession Number
© artist or other rights holder
Katō Tsubusa has made a name for himself in the international art market for his unique handling of clay. Using a hard, snow-white white porcelain clay from New Zealand, he molds or throws his vessels and allows the clay to harden just slightly before cutting and shaping its final form. “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 of time.”
Then, while it is still moist enough to retain plasticity, he pulls, twists, and tears it into breathtaking sculptural forms that seem to freeze in motion in space and time. In this example, his trademark pale blue glaze glimmers and pools over the surface, adding an ethereal beauty to the work.