Contemporary Ceramic Pottery

Yoshinobu Tsuchiya Glazed Sake Cup with Camellia (Tsubaki) Motif


Age:Contemporary (1991)

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 1-7/8”dia x 2-1/4”h

Shown is a wonderful earthenware Cinnabar glazed Sake cup with a pewter stylized Camellia blossom on the body and lip. The delicate piece is beautifully proportioned and finished in a soft glaze, muted glaze. The soft, stretched silhouette has been popular for over 30 years. The piece signed on the bottom by the artist. 

Seasons are a main theme in the Japanese culture. Flowers are like mirrors to the seasons, reflecting the passage of time. The word “Tsubaki" means camellia in Japan. Camellias have been favored as one of flowers appropriate for tea ceremonies or tea house. It became a status symbol for cultural figures and the general public to have camellias.

Every year Yoshinobu jointly hosts a feast with a renowned Chef that incorporates his ceramic work into an artistic event. Yoshinobu states: ‘“hope my customers enjoy using the ceramic pieces and vessels, which are handcrafted and meant to convey the warmth of both hands.”

Condition: Excellent, original as made with no defects from age or use.

NOTE: Artist Profile

1942 Born in Izu, Shizuoka, Japan

1960 Began oil painting continues to exhibit works of art and exemplified in his ceramic works

1984 Began making ‘earthenware’ using hand-building techniques in Yokohama

1986 Opened his studio ‘Do-En-De’, or ‘clay - flame - hand ’

1990 Built his kilns in Usami, Itō-shi, Shizuoka, Japan

Participating in exhibitions held in Tokyo, Yokohama, Hakone, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka, Ashiya, Kobe, and Takamastu