Yasokichi IV Tokuda (Japan 1961 -)

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Born in 1961, Tokuda Yasokichi IV succeeded her father, Tokuda Yasokichi III, a revered Kutani potter and a “Living National Treasure” artist. Tokuda inherited the techniques of their family style of Kutani porcelain production, that features say glazing. Tokuda’s personal sensibility as a female artist lends her a unique perspective on the tradition that is reflected in her choices of color and interpretations of form. Tokuda is one of few female heads of a traditional potting lineage in Japan, due to those succeeding the family are most often male. However, her father decided to pass on the family’s name and practice to her. It was a challenge to make a place for herself as head artist of the family tradition in a still male=dominated social structure, but Tokuda successes in defining her own signature style and creative voice all on her own.


2013-2019: Asia Week, New York, US
2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan
2016: The 72nd Contemporary Art Exhibition, Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Ishikawa, Japan; The Power of Colors, Musée Tomo, Tokyo, Japan
2015: SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US; Tradition Reborn: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, US; 360th Anniversary Kutaniyaki Exhibition, Kutaniyaki Art Museum, Ishikawa, Japan
2014: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US
2013: Heritage: Japanese Works of Art by Contemporary Artists
2012: Selected for the Inaugural Biennale of the Tea Ceremony Today - Utility and Form, Musée Tomo, Tokyo, Japan

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Saiyu Jar, 2010