Winners of KICB International Competition

Excellence Prize of the KICB 2019(Ceramics for Use)

Tsuyoshi Hotate, Japan

  • Tsuyoshi Hotate is a Japanese ceramic artist based in Kunitachi, Tokyo. He studied law at Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan. After graduation, he started working on ceramics, and his works have been presented at crafts and art shows nationwide in Japan, including Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa, and Kobe. In 2017, he had a solo show, Tsuyoshi Hotate Ceramic Art Exhibition, at Art Floor Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi, Tokyo. He was recognized as a prize winner for many awards, including the Grand Prize at the Tobiten in 2014, hosted by the Ceramic Art Society of Japan, Tokyo, the Asahi Newspaper Prize at the East Japan Traditional Craft Exhibition in 2013, and received an honorary mention at the Kikuchi Biennale in 2013.

Light and Shade / 2017~2019 / Stoneware, colored slip inlay

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This work introduces contemporary Japanese ceramic art based on traditional technique. Using ‘colored slip inlay,’ Hotate creates effects of contrast brought by white and black. The form is made of clay with high iron content, which becomes blackish after firing. He covered the surface with black slip with a sponge and decorated it with a design of carved lines, which is inlaid with white slip to reveal unique beauty. Viewers can see differences in three textures: one area where the sponge was used, another where glaze was not applied, and the last where glaze was thinly sprayed. The form of the vessel is like a flower blooming gradually from a bud.

Tsuyoshi Hotate’s works thus far have basically been placed in the category for “Express.” However, this time his range has broadened to include vessels with obvious utility. Japanese tea ceremony ceramics are not merely practical items for drinking matcha. These are pieces of pottery that simultaneously synthesize and gratify the tactile and visual senses of the appreciator. As objects of aesthetic appreciation tea bowls must have forms, colors, and textures that synergistically heighten one another, while conveying the artist’s world view. His vessels reflect this proud tradition of Japanese ceramics, which I hope and believe will be conveyed to a wide audience from all parts of the world.

International Committee KICB 2019

Kazuko Todate
Professor, Tama Art University