Special event

Friday 11 May 2018
10:30am – 4:30pm

Crafting Japan from Materials and Techniques: Hand Crafted Chrysanthemums

13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle (entrance facing Regent's Park), London NW1 4QP

Organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Demonstrations at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Bookings available at goo.gl/dSbqij .

The ceramic chrysanthemum flower is one type of hand-crafted decorative element. Using a sharp-tipped bamboo tool, the shapes of the flower petals are cut out one-by-one from a lump of clay. Once the artist has a circle of petals, these are then carved in high relief. This process is repeated several times to create the chrysanthemum form which is attached to jars, plates and bottles as decoration. When carved, the individual petals stand up very sharply, but once the piece has been glazed and fired it softens to take on the appearance of a natural chrysanthemum.

During London Craft Week, Made in Japan Project and The Creation of Japan will hold a one-day crafting exhibition at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. The exhibition highlights the variety of Japanese materials and techniques used to create hand-crafted pieces. Taiyo Nakazato, 18th generation potter of Hirado Kosho Danemon Kiln, will demonstrate the techniques of Mikawachi ceramics, traditional porcelain with a 400 year old history. The porcelain was originally made by Korean masters brought to Japan, and originated in the Edo Period from Mikawachi, Nagasaki Prefecture.

The event is organised in a collaboration with London Craft Week.

About the contributors

Taiyo Nakazato

Taiyo Nakazato was born in Mikawachi, Nagasaki Prefecture, graduating from the Ceramics Department of Saga Prefectural Arita Technical High School, and later from the Department of Social Welfare at Kyohei Junior College as a Certified Social Worker. He then pursued language studies in the USA, and trained in ceramics in the Netherlands. Now the 18th generation head of Hirado Kosho Danemon Kiln, he has won the Grand Prix at the Mikawachi Ceramics Exhibition, and the Traditional Industries Encouragement Award at the Nagasaki Ceramics Competition. Hirado Kosho has earned high praise in Europe, including from royal courts, and the works from the kiln are exhibited in museums including the British Museum and the V&A.

“As well as the casting, painting, glazing and firing processes, my main work is throwing and carving. At our kiln, we have a system whereby my father and I form the pots and my mother and my wife paint the designs on them. I intend to stay in Mikawachi, working hard at my craft, with a primary focus on white porcelain ware (hakuji) and underglaze blue (sometsuke).”

–Taiyo Nakazato

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