Tokuda Yasokichi

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Tokuda Yasokichi
Born(1873-11-20)20 November 1873
Died20 February 1956(1956-02-20) (aged 82)
Known forCrafting pottery
Style Kutani ware

Tokuda Yasokichi I (20 November 1873 20 February 1956)(徳田八十吉) was a Japanese potter. He specialised in Kutani ware.


His grandson, Tokuda Yasokichi III (19332009), was designated a Living National Treasure for his saiyu glaze technique. [1] [2] [3] He interpreted Kutani in a new way with abstract, colourful designs. [4] His works are held in many museums, including the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. [5]

He was succeeded by his daughter (b. 1961), who was allowed to inherit the name, becoming Tokuda Yasokichi IV, to prevent it from becoming extinct. As a female head, she is exceptional among ceramic family dynasties in Japan. [6]

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