With pottery roots stretching back to the Momoyama period (1573-1615), Tsubusa Kato (b. 1962) was naturally drawn to porcelain. Kato began his career working with mixed clay and mass production, but after five years, he started his studio in Tomika-chō. His works have been exhibited extensively, including at the Asahi Ceramic Art Exposition, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria & Albert in London, and many other museums in Japan and Europe.



1962  Born in Onadacho, Tajimi, Gifu prefecture
1979  Completed Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center

Selected Exhibition

1996  ”Expression of Porcelain: development in the 90s”, The National Museum of Modern Art,Tokyo

2002 “The legacy of modern ceramic art”,  Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu

2006 ”Toji: Japanese Ceramic Art-Tradition and Avant-garde exhibition”, Musee national de Ceramique, France

2010 “Trial Tea Ceremony, Kitano Marudai Tea Ceremony”, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

2013 Japan Ceramic Society Award Winner

Built a new kiln in Onadacho, Tajimi, Gifu prefecture


Public Collection
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The Art Institute of Chicago, USA