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Artist profile

Kasen

1979 Born in Arita, Saga.
1999 Influenced by her grandfather Sadao Tatebayashi, a master painter who has been awarded the prestigious Yellow Ribbon Medal by the Japanese Government, starts studying painting at her grandfather’s kiln Ihyoei Kiln.
2002 Live paints at JAPAN WEEK 2002 in France. Invited to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. to do a live painting performance.
2003 Designed the cover of the popular Japanese singer Ringo Sheena’s third CD album.
2015 Participated in the collaboration between Daniel Ost, one of the world’s leading flower designer, and Arita porcelain.
2016 Solo exhibition at department store Iwataya in the city of Fukuoka.
2017 Designs a special “Mizu-uchiwa”, an extremely thin and semi-transparent fan which is designated as a traditional craft of Gifu Prefecture. (In production)
Becomes independent. Currently works as a contemporary painter of Arita porcelain.

 

Kozan Ichikawa
Head of the Nabeshima Clan Kiln (19th generation)

1961 Born in Imari, Saga.
After graduating Kyushu Sangyo University, Zokei Junior College of Art and Design, he did research on glazes at the Saga Ceramic Research Center, studied how to use the pottery wheel through master potter Seiroku Nakamura, and in 1993 he succeeded as the 19th generation Kozan Ichikawa.
He is currently the only official Master Artisan of traditional crafts of Imari and Arita porcelain to hold the Certificate for Master Artisan of traditional crafts and the First Class Certificate for technique in three divisions; painting, underglaze painting and wheel throwing.