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Square Bowl

A work made of porcelain with pale blue glaze.

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  • A work made of porcelain with pale blue glaze.




Kato Tsubusa
Japanese, born 1962

About this artwork

Square Bowl is made from a high-grade white porcelain clay that has been forcefully manipulated by the artist, who stretched the clay to impressive thinness at the corners and left traces of his fingers along the grooves in the surface. Because of its tensile strength, porcelain clay was used by traditional East Asian potters to create intricate and refined shapes with thin walls. Here, however, the material takes on a rugged appearance that required many years of experimentation to achieve. After shaping, a transparent blue glaze was poured over the clay. It collected into droplets of glass at the bottom of the exterior sides as well as within the smoother interior, where it evokes a shallow pool of water and contrasts with the sharp outer edges.


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Arts of Asia


Tsubusa Kato


Square Bowl


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Porcelain with pale blue glaze


14 × 66.1 cm (5 1/2 × 26 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by the Asian Art Council of the Art Institute

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