photo: SAIKI Taku


ArtistMITSUKE Masayasu
Material/ Techniqueporcelain, Akae (red-enameled), Kutani ware
Size/ DurationH11.6×φ46.2㎝
Copyright Notice© MITSUKE Masayasu
Year of acquisition/ donation2012
DescriptionBorn in Ishikawa, Japan in 1975. Lives and works there.

Mitsuke Masayasu in 1997 graduated from the Ishikawa Prefectural Kutani Ware Technical Training Center. After his graduation, he studied under FUKUSHIMA Buzan until 2007, in which year he opened a studio at his residence and began practicing independently. Mitsuke uses the ‘Aka-e’ (red-enamel overglaze) technique to paint fine lines in abstract geometric patterns. As an artist active in the traditional craft world, he exhibits in the Traditional Kutani Ware Craftwork Exhibition and produces ceramic works to order. Meanwhile, he also shows works in contemporary art galleries and undertakes collaborations with contemporary designers.

Employing the Aka-e technique of traditional Kutani ware, Mitsuke paints detailed abstract geometric patterns with red and gold lines. Traditional Kutani Aka-e ware often takes motifs depicted in Tang dynasty Nanga painting, such as dragons, phoenixes, and the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove. Geometric patterns are painted around these central motifs. Mitsuke’s teacher, Fukushima Buzan, endeavored to use only patterns in creating three-dimensional visual designs. Mitsuke also explores three-dimensional depiction but attempts various combinations as well. He designates other artisans to create the porcelain pieces on which he works. His lines, painted so precisely they appear at a glance to be computer rendered, display a slight wavering of his hand, a feature imparting deep warmth and charm to the piece.