When I first looked at the work of Yasokichi Tokuda III (b. 1933) I had to put on a pair of sunglasses — I was almost blinded by the intensity of his kaleidoscopic Kutani porcelain.

Tokuda’s ceramic art doesn’t look anything like the overglaze enameled Kutani people are used to, like the red Meiji Era pieces that are quite common at antique markets and in the souvenir shops of Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture, where much of Kutani is made.

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