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NAKAZATO TAROUEMON XIV
The first generation of the Nakazato family, Matashichi, opened Tashiro Kiln in Okawa-machi, Imari City, around 1596. He moved to the Shiinomine area and opened Shiinomine Kiln around 1615, which was the first kiln of the Karatsu domain.
The official kiln of the domain was established in Bozu-machi, Karatsu City, by two potters, the fourth generation Tarouemon and the fourth generation Oshima Yajibei. The works produced from this official kiln were named ‘Doi Karatsu’ after the feudal lord Doi of the Karatsu domain at that time.
The fifth generation Nakazato Kiheiji and others moved the kiln from Bozu-machi to Tojin-machi, which is currently a part of the Nakazato Tarouemon property, in November 1734 in accordance with the feudal decree. Founded about 270 years ago, this kiln is known as Tojin-machi Ochawangama Kiln and played a significant role as the official kiln until the abolishment of the feudal system in 1871.
The pottery made from this official kiln was called ‘Kenjo Karatsu’ wares or offering wares since they were offered to the Shoguns and high-class feudal lords. After the abolishment of the feudal system, the Oshima family quit pottery making. However, Tojin-machi Ochawangama Kiln was used by Nakazato Itto, his younger brother Keisou , and the 11th generation Nakazato Tenyu during the beginning of the Meiji Era (1870’s-1880’s), as well as Tenyu and his younger brother Keitaro from the middle of the Meiji Era (the end of 19th century) to 1924.
The kiln has been passed on to Nakazato Muan (12th generation Nakazato Tarouemon), Nakazato Hoan (13th generation Nakazato Tarouemon), and the 14th generation Nakazato Tarouemon ever since. The remains of the Tojin-machi Ochawangama Kiln were designated as a National Historic Site in 2005 to preserve them.
The Kubo family crafting matcha whisks 130 years ago
The Emperor watching Kubo san's grandfather at work
Bamboo drying during winter
bIOGRAPHY & AWARDS
Biography of the 14th generation Nakazato Tarouemon
1957 Born as the first son of the 13th generation Nakazato Tarouemon.
1979 Graduated from Musashino Art University, Tokyo, with a degree in College of Art and Design from the Department of Sculpture.
1981 Graduated from the Graduate School of Musashino Art University, Tokyo, with a master’s degree.
1983 Completed the Glaze Course at Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center, Gifu Prefecture. Completed the Glaze Course at the Government Industrial Research Institute, Nagoya.Began pottery making at the 13th generation Nakazato Tarouemon Ceramic Studio.
1984 Received his first nomination for a prize at the 16th Japan Art Academy Award for his work ‘Kaimidori’, a Tataki Ao Karatsu vase with handles.
1990 Awarded a Special Prize at the 22nd Japan Art Academy
1990 Award for his work ‘Yakishime tsubo 90’.
1990 Awarded a Saga Prefecture Governor Prize and a Nagatake Takeshi Prize for his work Yakishime tsubo’ vase at the 40th Saga Ceramic Exhibition. The work was purchased by Saga Prefectural Government.
1991 Awarded a Cultural Encouragement Prize by a local newspaper company, Saga Shimbun Co., Ltd.
1998 Invited to exhibit at ‘Exhibition on the Past and Present of Ceramics’ at the 98 Gyeongju World Culture Expo, South Korea.
2000 Awarded the New Face Award of the Culture Foundation by the Bank of Saga Ltd.Awarded the Minister of Education Award at the 5th Asia Craft Exhibition.Exhibited at the British Museum for ‘Saga Contemporary Ceramics from the Home of Japanese Porcelain’.
2002 Became a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (I.A.C) Succeeded his father as the 14th generation Nakazato Tarouemon.
2003 Selected for a prize at the 50th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition for his ‘Tataki Karatsu Yakishime tsubo’ vase.
2005 Selected for a prize at the 52nd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition for his ‘Karatsu Ido-Chawan’ tea bowl.
2006 Given the honor of guiding the Emperor Emeritus Akihito and the Empress Emerita Michiko around Tojin-machi Ochawangama Kiln, which is designated as a National Historic Site, and the studio during their visit to Saga in October. Appointed as Director of the Saga Ceramic Art Association. Nominated for a prize at the 53rd Japan Traditional Art Craft Exhibition for his ‘Tataki Karatsu tsubo’ vase.
2007 Nominated for a prize at the 54th Japan Traditional Art Craft Exhibition for his ‘Karatsu Yakishime tsubo’ vase.
NAKAZATO TAROUEMON HANDMADE TEAWARE
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IKKYU is delighted to offer several models of cups made by Nakazato Tarouemon. We selected them based on his personal recommendations.
These exceptional tea cups handmade by the 14th generation Nakazato Tarouemon in Karatsu are sold in a wooden box signed with hand calligraphy, for a special and unique gift.
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