Tsukamoto Kaiji was named a Bearer of Intangible Cultural Assets (a "Living National Treasure") in 1983 by the Japanese government. His exquisitely carved and glazed porcelains are based on Chinese prototypes, notably Ding and Qingbai wares of the Song Dynasty (960-1278).
He was born in Taiji Village, Toki, in Gifu Prefecture, the region associated with Mino ware where his family has lived since the mid-17th century. Tsukamoto studied with the famous Mino potter Arakawa Toyozo (1894-1985) and was a life-long pupil of Koyama Fujio (1900-1975), a potter and scholar of Chinese ceramics.
The artist's white Ding and celadon Qingbai porcelains rival their historical predecessors. Delicately carved designs of peony, fanciful karakusa and leaves complement perfectly formed dishes and bowls.
For more information on Tsukamoto see Frederick Baekeland and Robert Moes, Modern Japanese Ceramics in American Collections (New York: Japan Society, Inc., 1993), p. 131.