Yakishime Shigaraki ceramic can with "pealed back" mouth
8 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 5 in.
Yakishime Shigaraki low ceramic can with "pealed back" mouth
Yakishime (unglazed) stoneware
5 6/8 x 6 inches
Shigaraki triangle plate, entitled Hoshi-akari or "Star-light"
3 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
Yakishime unglazed vessel with twisted ears and wide mouth
Natural ash-glazed stoneware
10 x 6 x 5 1/2 inches
Natural ash-glazed Shigaraki pumpkin-shaped water jar
7 x 6 1/2 inches
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, Tomimoto Kenkichi, Hamada Shoji, and Itaya. Residing and working in Tokyo for his entire career, he collaborated with his well-respected ceramist-wife Tsuji Kyo (1930-2009). Tsuji is most celebrated for his work in the traditional aesthetics of Shigaraki ceramics creating not only functional vessels, most especially 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.