SAKAZUME Katsuyuki's ceramic artworks certainly exceed the
framework of traditional Japanese artistic handicrafts, with
his performance large in scale, dynamic in formation and overwhelming
in powerfulness, which reminds you of the production of Western
However, he explicitly insists that his fundamental production
style, before everything else, comes from medieval ceramics artworks
that were used by tea-ceremony masters.
Why does he insist as the above?
Because he believes this way: The art of ceremonial tea-making
is the synthetic art of Japanese tradition. It is the starting
point of Japanese culture, in which Japanese traditional esthetics
has a breathing space.
He was engaged in a variety of on-site studies and trial productions
of ceramic wares, and then studied ceramic artwork abroad for
years. He studied how to produce Oribe through high-firing and
He worked on Bizen and Ko-iga, Japanese time-honored wares,
each at their actual locale in Japan.
He did the same with Korean ancient wares in the Korea Peninsula.
Probably what he has done like this caused him to struggle along
to his way of thinking as mentioned above.
At present, he is working on both pure artworks and tea-ceremony-related
He says he does not draw a dividing line at all between these
two, with each one of them regarded by him as identical in essence.
To put his saying tersely, a work of art should not be appreciated
simply by its shape and color.
In other words, it is Japanese-style esthetics that is to be
found in the artwork that is worthy of appreciation.
In this sense, there is nothing difficult to appreciate his artworks
and this could lead us to the nearest to his achievement.
He has recently come up with artistic production and performance
in outdoor space.
You will notice that each one of the finished art pieces of his
production is combined with each other.
This is one of the fruits of his experience and studying of the
ceramic artwork, both in Japan and abroad, which has included
all of the essentials needed such as clay selecting, molding,
His work is attractive, being full of energy, deep in profoundness
and acute in tension, while getting you to feel your mind at
peace in his artistic space.
I would be grateful for your deeply artistic appreciation of