photo: SAIKI Taku

Pile of Bananas with Design of Apricot

ArtistKAMIDE Keigo
Material/ Techniqueporcelain
Size/ DurationH13×W16×D11cm
Copyright Notice© KAMIDE Keigo
Year of acquisition/ donation2011
DescriptionBorn in Ishikawa, Japan in 1981. Lives and works there.

He is the sixth heir of Kutani ware Kamide Choemongama pottery. After graduating from Department of Oil Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts in 2006, he returned to his parents’ kiln. While working on the product design of tableware produced by the kiln, he has created his original pottery. His way of combining traditional crafts and art gracefully and humorously to create hybrid pieces is very special. He has shown his works at exhibitions including “First International Triennale of KOGEI in Kanazawa.”

As a student of Tokyo University of the Arts, Kamide produced his first Kutani ware for which he used bananas as a motif. It was his graduation production. To him, who was faced with a conflict between his fate as the heir of the potter and his background as a student interested in contemporary art and having studied painting, the mat texture of unglazed Kutani pottery seemed to resemble banana skin. Craftsmen of the kiln advised that it would be too difficult to create such a complex form of a bunch of bananas using kaolin clay refined for producing tableware. It was a task of great difficulty. This piece here is a version made in 2009 using the same mold that he used in his first production in 2006 although the patterns of the colored crests are different. There are various versions such as one banana, in addition to a bushel of bananas.