KUTANI 九谷焼

First, lines are drawn in an indigo-blue pigment called gosu, and glaze in the five colors of red, yellow, green, purple and dark blue are thickly applied between the lines. The characteristic overglaze Kutani ware designs are bold depictions of landscapes, as well as flowers and birds. The works exhibited are all by artists who have been named Traditional Craftsman, a nationally recognized title.

匠の間

Our Kutani ware collection is exhibited in the Craft Room.

FloorGuide

Introduction of the artists

吉田美統

吉田 美統Minori Yoshita

Holder of the Nationally Designated Yuki-kinsai Important Intangible Cultural Asset. Yuki-kinsai is a wonderful technique that involves applying a transparent glaze on top of gold leaf that has been cut into various shapes, as opposed to the usual technique of applying gold leaf on top of the glaze.

福島武山

福島 武山Buzan Fukushima

Over a period of many years, he researched the technique of fine detailed drawing, which was popular at the end of the Edo period, and he subsequently reintroduced the technique of shading with one pigment containing iron powder, called bengara, to Kutani ware production.

三代 浅蔵 五十吉

三代 浅蔵 五十吉Isokichi Asakura

The porcelain form is carved, and the five Kutani colors are used in combination with his own to create an austere elegance and stateliness. Saijisai and konshosai glazes create an overall effect of modernity.

山本 篤

山本 篤Atsushi Yamamoto

Purveyor to the Imperial Household Agency. He produces beautifully shaped pieces decorated with yellow glaze said to create an illusionary effect. In addition to a potter’s wheel, traditional molding techniques are used to create beautiful shapes.

山本 長左

山本 長左Choza Yamamoto

Purveyor to the Imperial Household Agency. He aims to use the Ko-Kutani underglaze blue technique for modern works. The balance between the underglaze blue technique that uses a pigment called gosu to re-create detailed indigo-blue Ko-Kutani, and the form of the piece accentuates its beauty.

山中 國盛

山中 國盛Kunimori Yamanaka

A variety of works ranging from the Ko-Kutani style to the modern expressive style are created using the five Kutani colors. The spirit of Japan is expressed through a deep admiration of nature.

高 明

高 明Akira Taka

Pieces in the akae-kinrande style are coated with fine lines of red glaze called saibyo, to which gold decoration is added. The polychrome technique of applying overglaze decoration with fine, skillful brush strokes is truly exquisite.

山口 義博Yoshihiro Yamaguchi

These pieces feature a beautiful contrast between scenery depicted using the five bright Kutani colors and bluish purple, and the colors of flowers of the four seasons.

仲田 錦玉Kingyoku Nakata

The leading expert in the blue-dot technique that became popular in the Taisho period. A pattern is drawn by applying one drop of blue glaze at a time to the ceramic body. This technique is called itchin. Another characteristic is beautiful patterns applied by means of the morikin technique.

美山 富Tomi Miyama

Flowers, birds and scenery are depicted using colors adapted from the characteristic five rich colors of Ko-kutani ware, to harmonize with modern living spaces. The integration of interesting shapes made possible by the pliancy of the clay, and the decoration is also a feature of this style.

福田 良則Yoshinori Fukuda

The Ao-Kutani technique, which uses the five Kutani colors, as well as detailed and flamboyant gold-powder red, is used for Aka-Kutani and other detailed types of decoration for household accessories and tableware.

山田 義明Yoshiaki Yamada

Plants are painted realistically, and used as the basis for the overall composition of the decoration. The empty spaces are used to depict flowers and birds of the four seasons in many intermediate colors, completing the simple design.

北村 隆Takashi Kitamura

A typical technique is that of firing gold, silver or platinum leaf onto a ceramic piece, painting an overglaze design with gosu, and applying glazes in the five Kutani colors. One of the typical, gorgeous motifs used is that of a Kitamae ship.

打田 幸生Yukio Uchida

A typical technique is that of firing gold, silver or platinum leaf onto a ceramic piece, painting an overglaze design with gosu, and applying glazes in the five Kutani colors. One of the typical, gorgeous motifs used is that of a Kitamae ship.

大兼政 道子Michiko Okanemasa

This piece has a beautiful, delicate decoration of softly painted flowers. While preserving tradition, the works have a new feel to them.

宮吉 由美子Yumiko Miyayoshi

The sometsuke ginsai style, which features a clear contrast between cobalt blue and silver, is created by applying underglaze blue, firing the piece at high temperature, and then applying real silver as an overglaze decoration. The necklace depicted on the piece is an accessory that was used by aristocrats in ancient India.

Traditional crafts now on display

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