Sakaida Kakiemon XV

Profile

1968
Born in Arita, Saga Prefecture on April 17
1991
Withdraws from the Department of Painting, Tama Art University
1991
Starts studying under Kakiemon XIV
2010
Selected for the first time at the 45th Seibu Traditional Crafts Exhibition
Selected for the first time at the 57th Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
2012
Becomes a member of the Arita Ceramic Art Association
2013
Appointed as president of the Preservation of Important Intangible Cultural Property Group (Kakiemon Pottery Technique Preservation Society) on June 16
Becomes an official member of the Japan Kōgei Association
Awarded the Kumamoto Asahi Broadcasting Prize at the 48th Seibu Traditional Crafts Exhibition
2014
Assumes the name of Sakaida Kakiemon XV on February 4 Becomes a member of the Saga Ceramic Art Association
Present Director of the Japan Kōgei Association Seibu Branch, director of the Saga Ceramic Art Association, Vice-chairman of the Arita Ceramic Art Association
Visiting professor at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Kyushu Sangyo University

Personal exhibitions/expositions

Personal exhibitions/expositions

July 23 – 29, 2014
Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store
October 9 – 14, 2014
Tobu Utsunomiya Department Store
October 23 – 29, 2014
Tokiwa Department Store Oita Main Store
February 17 – 23, 2015
Fukuoka Mitsukoshi
July 8 – 14, 2015
Takashimaya Osaka Store
July 21 – 27, 2015
Sogo Yokohama
October 7 – 12, 2015
Saga Tamaya
November 11 – 17, 2015
Matsuzakaya Nagoya Department Store
March 2 – 7, 2016
Onuma Yamagata Main Store
June 15 – 21, 2016
Chiba Mitsukoshi
July 20 – 26, 2016
Saikaya Fujisawa Store
September 1 – 6, 2016
Nagano Tokyu Department Store
November 10 – 14, 2016
Izutsuya Kokura

Kakiemon style

With expanding export market demand, production of porcelain decorated with overglaze enamels in Arita greatly increased. As a result, skills for mixing white and flawless porcelain clay rapidly improved. It was at this point that polychrome overglaze enamel decorated porcelain with elegant and brightly coloured pictorial designs on a milky white porcelain body was born. This style was established in the 1670s, and is known as the classic ‘Kakiemon style’
Kakiemon style polychrome overglaze enamel porcelain was highly valued not only in Japan but also abroad. Kakiemon style porcelains were exported widely and in great quantity to Europe through the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Nobility and the upper classes of the period coveted this new style of elegant porcelain, and some even squandered their fortunes in order to adorn their residences with Kakiemon style porcelain.
Kakiemon style continued to be the most popular type of overglaze porcelain created in Arita until the end of the 1690s. During this period, classic Kakiemon style was made on milky white porcelain bodies, and on porcelain with a slight bluish tinge, as well as porcelain decorated with underglaze cobalt blue designs. Today these types of porcelain are all grouped under the broad category of‘Kakiemon style’.

Nigoshide, A milky white porcelain body

The water that remains after uncooked rice is washed is called nigoshi in the Saga area dialect.

The term Nigoshide refers to a milky white porcelain body that glows with a warm tint, and is reminiscent of rice-water. Nigoshide is unique to the Kakiemon Kiln. Nigoshide is made from raw materials harvested from Izumiyama, Arita in a special combination with an original process. While white porcelain usually sports a blue tint, Nigoshide porcelain has a soft milky white sheen. Nigoshide was invented in the 1650s as the perfect porcelain body that would compliment the brilliant polychrome overglaze enamel colours created by Kakiemon. Since that time, high quality flawless porcelain bodies continue to be created incorporating improvements discovered since the initial Kakiemon style was first established.

The harmonious beauty of a milky white body decorated with elegant, brightly coloured overglaze enamel designs was highly valued not only in Japan but also abroad. Kakiemon style porcelains were exported widely to Europe through the Du tch East India Company (VOC) since 1659.
However, Nigoshide ceased to be created in the middle of Edo period (18th century) owing to difficulty of obtaining raw material and the elaborate production process. After a long period of absence, Kakiemon XII and his son Kakiemon XIII successfully reproduced the original Nigoshide by carefully studying family archival documents passed down in the family during the Edo period. In 1971 the Nigoshide technique was designated by the Japanese government as an Important Intangible Cultural Property and continues to be highly regarded around the world today.

The Nigoshide technique has been inherited by Kakiemon XIV, who has further developed the potential of Kakiemon style porcelain by fusing this warm white porcelain body with innovative designs inspired by nature found in the neighbouring Aso and Kokonoe mountain areas.

Access and Transport

Kakiemon Kiln, 352 Minamiyama-cho, Arita, Nishi-matsuura-gun, Saga Prefecture, 844- 0028, Japan

Tel. + 81 (0) 955 43 2267

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From Saga Airport
By car: 75 minutes
From Nagasaki Airport
By car: It takes approximately 60 minutes to the Hasami Arita I.C. (Please use the Nagasaki motorway and the Nishi Kyushu motorway), then a further 10 minutes to the Kakiemon Kiln.
From Fukuoka Airport
By car:
It takes approximately 90 minutes to the Hasami Arita I.C. (Please use the Kyushu motorway, the Nagasaki motorway, and the Nishi Kyushu motorway), then a further 10 minutes to the Kakiemon Kiln.
By train:
Fukuoka Airport to Hakata Station on the underground service takes approximately 5 minutes. Change at Hakata Station for the JR Express to Arita (the train ride takes 80 minutes). The Kakiemon Kiln is located about 5 minutes away by car from Arita station.
From Sasebo Train Station
Please take the JR Express from Sasebo Station to Arita (30 minutes). It is a further 5 minutes by car from Arita station.
Other access information
By car:
80 minutes from Dazaifu I.C.
60 minutes from Torisu I.C.
40 minutes from Saga Yamato I.C.
10 minutes from Takeo Kitakata I.C.
60 minutes from Nagasaki Airport
90 minutes from Fukuoka Airport

Please be aware

Please be aware that there are numerous imitations of Nigoshi-de style, polychrome overglaze enamels and underglaze cobalt blue Kakiemon porcelain. When not purchasing a Kakiemon porcelain directly from the Kakiemon Kiln, affiliated branch, a registered dealer or department store, we ask that you take extra care to ensure that the work you purchase is a true Kakiemon piece.