photo: SAIKI Taku
Container, ”Summer Time”, red paint
|Copyright Notice||© KITADE Hiroshi|
|Year of acquisition/ donation||2004|
|Description||Born in Hyogo, Japan in 1919. Died in Ishikawa in 2014.|
Born into the Kitade family of Kutaniyaki-style ceramicists, Kitade was adopted by and apprenticed to his uncle, Tojiro, and studied raw clay and overglaze decoration. After graduating from Ishikawa Technical School (now Ishikawa Technical Senior High School), Kitade studied at the Kyoto Imperial Ceramic Experimental Institute. Later, after military service, he entered Kanazawa College of Art. Kitade used the Saiyu transparent glaze technique to incorporate elements of Persian ceramics into the Kutaniyaki style. In so doing, he opened the door to new possibilities.
Kitade’s Saiyu color gradation technique involves carving into the surface of the shaped clay with a nail before it hardens, firing it and then applying a color on top of the engraving. Finally, the piece is covered in a clear, high-alkaline, low-temperature glaze and baked again. While Kitade was a student at Ishikawa Technical School, the famed ceramicist TOMIMOTO Kenkichi worked at the studio of Kitade’s uncle Tojiro. Kitade was deeply influenced by Tomimoto’s method of first making sketches on which to base his ceramic decorations. In "Bowl, “Birds”, clear glaze" Kitade has made a vital and dynamic design of birds and carved that design into the clay using simple lines. His application of transparent glaze on the surface has given his bright colors a tone of subtlety and a painterly, fantasy-like quality. In "Vase, cattleya design, blue glaze", Kitade’s application of a bright blue glaze is reminiscent of Persian ceramics and results in softer colors and textures than were the norm in the traditionally hard style of Kutaniyaki.
This Collection Data page contains the works and materials in the collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, as of April 1, 2018.
Artists are listed alphabetically by artist’s surname.
Works and materials by the same artists are listed according to the date of the work in principle.
Works whose dates are unidentified are listed at the end of each item. Some works are not listed according to the date of work due to their relations.
The data of works and materials are listed in order of title, production year, material/technique/form, dimensions, donor’s name, copyright holder and credit for photograph.
Dimensions are given by height (H) x width (W) in centimeters for plane work, and height (H) x width (W) x depth (D) in cm for 3-D work. Diameter (Ø) is used for circular work.
For the name of country or city, the name currently used in English is listed in principle.