Round Vase, 2000; porcelain with vivid colored glaze (yōsai); h. 13 1/4 x dia. 14 1/2 in. (33.5 x 36.5 cm)


Rinka by Tokuda Yasokichi IIIRinka (Ring of flowers),2000; plate; porcelain; h. 4x dia. 22 in. (10.2 x 55.8 cm)


Tokuda-Yasokichi-III_Calm-Plate_1992Shin-en (Calm),1992; plate; porcelain with vivid colored glaze (yôsai); H. 3 3/8 x Dia. 21 1/2 in. (8.5 x 54.5 cm)


Plate Kamon, 2000Plate Kamon (Floral), 2000; porcelain with vivid colored glaze (yōsai); h. 3.9 x dia. 21.9 inches (10 x 55.5 cm)


Galaxy,2005; jar; porcelain with vivid colored glaze (yôsai); H. 11 3/4 x Dia. 5 1/2 in. (30 x 14 cm)


Tokuda-Yasokichi-III_Incense-Burner-Komon-Pattern_2005Eight-sided Incense Burner with Komon Pattern,2005; porcelain with vivid colored glaze (yôsai)
H. 4 3/4 x Dia. 4 1/4 in. (12 x 10.8 cm)

Tokuda Yasokichi III (1933–2009)

Living National Treasure (1997)

Tokuda Yasokichi III was one of the world’s most famous of Kutani potters. Born in the Ishikawa prefecture, he was designated a Living National Treasure in 1997 for his mastery of the saiyu glaze technique. Yasokichi III innovated the glaze technique based on traditional Kutani colored glaze enamels. He developed techniques handed down from his grandfather, Tokuda Yasokichi I (1873–1956) and later his father, Tokuda Yasokichi II (1907–1997). Through his saiyu glaze techniques, Yasokichi III created his own design characterized by delicate shading and the beautiful color contrasts of his vivid enamel glazes.

Yasokichi III’s works have been recognized widely and shown in numerous museums including the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sackler Gallery, and the Smithsonian Institute. His honors include the acceptance into the Issui-kai Pottery and Porcelain Exhibition (1958), and the receiving of multiple prizes such as the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Association Chairman's Award (1977), the Grand Prize of the International Pottery and Porcelain Exhibition (1990), and the Purple Ribbon Medal given by Japanese government (1993).

Tokuda Yasokichi III (1933–2009) Exhibits

Selected Exhibitions

Asia Week, New York, US
SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US
Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, British Museum, London, UK

Selected Public Collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US; British Museum, London, UK; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, US; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., US; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan


Studied at Kanazawa College of Art, Ceramic Department.
Studied under his grandfather (Yasokichi I) and father (Yasokichi II)
Elected as a juror of Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
Succeeded to the name, Tokuda Yasokichi
Designated as a National Living Treasure