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KIYOMI KAWAKAMI(b.1948-)


Ryoji Koie tea bowl
At the first stage he learned potteries in Aichi pref. It is one of the main ceramic producing areas and a center of machine made potteries.
But hundereds years ago it was a MECCA of Oribe-style potteries in Momoyama era. In order to master wood-firing potteries he moved to Bizen and eventually he found old Karatsu wares fit his minds. He built his atelier in Karatsu and he produces his masterpieces there.


Kiyomi Kawakami

1948 Born in Tsushima island , Nagasaki pref. Kyushu.
After graduation of Meiji Gakuin University Faculty of Law, he learned potteries at Aichi prefectural vocational ceramic training institute. After training in Okayama and Karatsu he built his wood-firing kiln in Karatsu in1988.
Hundreds years ago free-style potteries under the influence of Mr.Oribe Furuta ware popular in SETO area(Aichi pref.) Kiyomi Kawakami studied pottery in SETO but the main stream of potteries there were mass production form factories. And there were no person who taught him old style potteries. He moved to Bizen( Okayama pref.) where many artists continued to make old style potteries using wood-firing kiln. They make potteries from a delicate (sensitive) clay without any glaze. they have produced well-controlled standardized table wares with traditional decoration.
In this way Kiyomi Kawakami has created his unique style. His form has a feeling of fluctuation rhythm. His outstanding firing skills gave a fantastic colors on his pieces.

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Tea Bowl

KUROKARATSU
black tea bowl

   
GUINOMI cup

Black guinomi cup

 

 

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