Taki NakazatoTaki Nakazato

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  • Takashi Nakazato's son, Taiki Nakazato, is the current head of Ryuta Kiln and a popular artist who has held solo exhibitions in Tokyo.

    Usability and beauty of the dining table that is not bound by tradition

    Nakazato Taiki's pottery is based on the idea that "there is a Karatsu ware that modern people want in the present day." While many potters focus on "old Karatsu," he goes the opposite direction and pursues pottery that can be used comfortably in daily life rather than for "appreciation."
    When his dishes are served on the dining table, they must be neat and in harmony with other dishes. At exhibitions, some people comment that his dishes are "too pretty" or "a little more interesting," but the consideration of how they will be arranged with other items is often overlooked.

    New expressions of decoration and color

    If his works were decorated in some way and the colors were more flashy, would they really be chosen for the dining table? The dining table includes not only pottery, but also lacquered and blue-and-white porcelain. If you consider the overall balance, you will be able to understand the aesthetics of his works. Many people who know the pottery scene at Ryuta Kiln comment that "the pottery wheel is quickly turned and pieces are completed one after another," but on my first visit, rather than speed, I was more impressed by "how slow and careful the work is."

    A consistent approach to producing contemporary Karatsu pottery

    Like his father, Takaki holds numerous solo exhibitions throughout the year across the country. He reminds us that tableware and how we use it can enrich our lifestyles. Nakazato Takaki's approach to creating contemporary tableware continues to hold great potential.

  • 【profile】
    Born: 1937
    Master: Living National Treasure Muan Nakazato
    Pottery Ryuta Kiln
    Hobbies: Food

    [Ceramics history]
    1937 Born in Karatsu as the fifth son of Living National Treasure Nakazato Muan
    1961 Won first place at the 10th Contemporary Japanese Ceramic Art Exhibition for the ceramic sculpture "Two Fishes"
    1967 Traveled around the world for a year
    1971 Established a kiln in Tanegashima on the recommendation of Fujio Koyama
    In September, he held his first solo exhibition of Tanegashima ware at Mitsukoshi Department Store in Nihonbashi and Takashimaya Department Store in Osaka.
    1974 Returned to Karatsu and built a kiln in Mikari, Karatsu City
    Named Ryuta Kiln by Fujio Koyama
    Currently, he is based in Karatsu and Colorado (USA) and is also active in Denmark and other countries.
    Currently producing all over the world