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Keigo Kamide Pottery event at Oriental Museum

Master Japanese potter Keigo Kamide is visiting the Oriental Museum on Wednesday 23 November, to give a free talk about his art and the ancient craft of Kutani. His talk will be illustrated with a selected display of his works for visitors to enjoy.

Keigo Kamide is a sixth-generation ceramicist of Kutani Choemon, a kiln that has been producing Kutani ware for over 130 years. In this talk he will discuss the traditional motifs and craftsmanship of kutani ware and how this influences his contemporary and experimental designs. He will also display some examples of his work.

Keigo is a successor of the Kutani Choemon pottery studio (founded in 1879) and has been engaged in full-scale kiln management since the establishment of a joint company, Kamide Shigei. In the studio, he and his fellow craftspeople are involved in the creation of innovative works including the ‘JAIME HAYON x KUTANI CHOEMON’ collaboration series with a Spanish designer, as well as the application of the Kutani porcelain transfer technique, known as ‘KUTANI SEAL’. As an individual artist, he creates his own works and holds solo exhibitions.

Japan has a long history of ceramic production and kutani ware, which originates from Ishikawa in the north-western region of Hokuriku, is one of the oldest forms of Japanese porcelain. Kutani ware is traditionally characterised by vivid dark colours, intricate decoration and the use of the classical five colours style, known as gosai-de, made up of green, blue, yellow, purple and red.

The event is free and no booking is necessary. This event will run from 6pm till 8pm at the Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham.

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