Tokuda Yasokichi IV Japanese , b. 1961

Born in 1961, Tokuda Yasokichi IV succeeded her father Tokuda Yasokichi III after his death in 2009. As a female leader of a traditional potter’s family, she is recognized both domestically and internationally. Tokuda inherited the techniques and methods of the Tokuda family style of Kutani porcelain production, especially saiyu glazing where arrangements and gradations of color play a central role in ornamentation, rather than the pictorial designs of birds, flowers and figures seen in conventional Kutani-ware.  Her personal sensibility as a female artist gives her a novel perspective on tradition, reflected in her diverse choices of colors and unique interpretations of form.


Selected Public Collections 

British Museum | London

Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art | Kanazawa, Japan

Portland Art Museum | Oregon 

Indianapolis Museum of Art | Indiana, US 

Art Complex Museum | Massachusetts, US 

Auckland Museum | New Zealand 

Kyushu Ceramic Museum | Arita, Japan

National Museum of Modern Art | Tokyo

Museum of Ceramic Art |  Hyogo, Japan