Tokuda Yasokichi III was one of the world’s most famous Kutani potters. Born in Ishikawa prefecture, he was designated a Living National Treasure in 1997 for his mastery of the saiyu glaze technique. Yasokichi III was the one responsible for innovating this glaze technique which was 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 (vivid enamel glaze) technique, Yasokichi III created his own designs characterized by delicate shading and beautiful color contrasts. His honors include the acceptance into The Issui-kai Pottery and Porcelain Exhibition (1958), and 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 Medal with Purple Ribbon given by the Emperor of Japan (1993).


Selected Exhibitions:
2013-2018: Asia Week, New York, US
2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan
2016: The 72nd Contemporary Art Exhibition, Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Ishikawa, Japan
The Power of Colors, Musée Tomo, Tokyo, Japan
2015: SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US
2014: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US
2007: Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, British Museum, London, UK