Plate Ancient “Red Fuji,” 2013; porcelain with colored glaze (yōsai); h. 2 5/8 x dia. 15 5/8 in. (6.5 x 39.5 cm)


Crystalline Green BowlBowl Suicho (Crystalline Green), 2013; porcelain with vivid colored glaze (yōsai); h. 2 1/2 x dia. 20 1/2 inches (6 x 52 cm)


TokudaIV-insense burnerSo (Play), 2012; incense burner; porcelain; h. 4 1/2 x dia. 4 1/2 in. (11.5 x 11.5 cm)

Tokuda Yasokichi IV (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 a remarkable figure in Japan and also recognized in the international arena.

She inherited the techniques and methods of the Tokuda family style of Kutani porcelain production, especially with saiyu glazing whereby the arrangements and gradations of color play a central role in the ornamentation, rather than with the usual pictorial designs of birds, flowers, and figures seen in conventional Kutani wares. In addition, her personal sensibility as a female artist gives her a novel perspective on tradition that is reflected in her diverse choice of colors and unique interpretations of form. Her works are housed in public collections in the United States, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana.

Tokuda Yasokichi IV (b. 1961) Exhibits

Heritage: Japanese Works of Art by Contemporary Artists