Kawai Kanjiro 1890 - 1966
keraamikko Kanjiro Kawai oli puuseppien sukua. Kirvesmiesmestari veli
rakensi keramiikkataiteilijan itsensä suunnitteleman valtavan
talonpoikaismallisen talon Kioton kaupunkiin. Nykyisin kotimuseona
toimivan talon takapihalla on valtava portaittain nouseva polttouuni (noborigama).
Kanjiro Kawai oli lasituksen, värisävyjen ja yllättävien muotojen mestari. Hän oli myös monitaituri: esseisti, taidemaalari, kalligrafian taitaja, puunveistäjä ja metallitöiden tekijä. Kawain koti huokuu luovuutta ja esteettistä herkkyyttä. Siellä kohtaavat rintarinnan itse suunnitellut esineet ja kerätyt kansantaiteen luomukset. Monissa Kawain rakentamissa huonekaluissa näkee globaaleja vaikutteita, kuten pohjoismaisessa pirtinpöydässä.
Ceramic artist Kanjiro Kawai was born (1890 – 1966) in Yasugi City, Shimane Prefecture, to a family that had come from a long line of carpenters. In 1914 Kawai graduated from the Ceramic Department of the Tokyo Higher Technical School. In 1920 he married Mikami Yasu and purchased a house in Gojozaka, a neighborhood known for potters in Kyoto. A typhoon destroyed the original home in 1934. The present structure was completed in 1937 with the help of his brother Zenzaemon, a master carpenter, and a team of carpenters from his hometown of Yasuki. Kawai lived the rest of his life in this house.
began to produce pottery using his own kiln, named Shokeiyo, and his
pieces in the manner of those by ancient Chinese artists received high
acclaim. In his middle years he produced a number of works closely
related to daily life. He gave full play to his talent also through
paintings and calligraphy, wood carving, ceramic sculpture,
metalworking, and essays.
was a master of glazes, and performed 10,000 experiments on glazes while
a student at the Tokyo Technical College and Kyoto Municipal Institute
of Ceramics. Red copper glazes (shinsha or yuriko) were one of his
trademark colours. He also used a deep brown iron glaze (tetsu-yu) and a
brilliant cobalt blue glaze (gosu).
is known for producing work in different styles, from refined, simple
shapes to pieces inspired by Chinese temmoku, to work utilizing
slip-trailed decoration (tsutsugaki) to evoke the energy of modern
abstract art. His pots come in many asymmetrical shapes and show
was a co-founder of the mingei crafts movement in the 1920s. The
movement wanted to bring the human touch back to everyday objects and to
point away from mass-produced products and toward the work of craftsmen
that spoke to the spiritual and practical needs of everyday life.
House and kiln
designed his home based on the simple architectural style of Korean and
Japanese farm houses. The dark, highly polished wood interior is offset
by white plaster walls. Throughout the house there are ceramic works,
wooden sculpture, furniture and utensils created by Kawai, as well as
pieces from his collection of folk crafts. In the studio there is an
assortment of tools and equipment and two potter's wheels.
the house there is a huge climbing kiln, noborigama. The firing lasted
48 hours and consumed over 2,000 bundles of firewood. The interior
temperature reached 1350 Celsius.
house and workshop have been open to the public since 1973. Staff
members are all part of the Kawai family.
KAWAI KANJIRO'S HOUSE
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