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Tsuji Seimei

Tsuji Seimei

Photograph courtesy of Jeff Shapiro

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(1927-2008)

TSUJI SEIMEI established his interest in ceramics as a young boy and was able to successfully wheel-throw as early as eleven. While a youthful prodigy, he met the reigning masters of the day, including Tomimoto Kenkichi, Hamada Shōji, and Itaya Hazan. Residing and working in Tokyo for his entire career, he collaborated with his wife Tsuji Kyō (1930-2009), a well-respected ceramicist as well. Tsuji is most celebrated for his work in the traditional aesthetics of Shigaraki ceramics. He created not only functional vessels, including tea ware, but also sculptural forms often relating to the foreign ‘objets’ and antiques in his own collection and that of his antiques-dealer father.

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