So, I admit to a woeful ignorance of Kutani painters and potters. There are a few big names, like Kutani Chikusan, Kutani Shozan, and Kutani Yasokichi, that I recognize, but when a Kutani potter I’d never heard of popped up last week, in force, I realized a dearth in the depth and breadth of my knowledge. So, I did a little digging around, and here are a selection of pieces from Kutani potters.
A cooperative piece from Kutani Ikko and Takao Koyo. Super fine details on a really clean pot by Koyo. The animal signature is common to Kutani Ikko pots.
A wonderfully detailed square from Kutani Ikko. The detail photos show a true mastery of fine line brushwork.
A go-sai(5 color) pot from Kutani Ikko.
A really solid piece. Beautiful details. For the most part, the go-sai reign supreme in Kutani, but in modern bonsai pieces I see more of a movement toward solid reds and blues.
A really nice, small red. Wonderful lines and brushwork, and a good example of how many Kutani painters are moving away from the go-sai.
A marvelously detailed blue with studious children.
A Kutani potter whose work ignores the shift from the go-sai to blues and reds!
Pretty much speaks for itself as a wonderful example of 5-color work.
A similarly shaped pot with bird and plum.
Classic Kutani geometrics.
A Kutani painter from the Coraku co-op whose work is all sometsuke blues.
Another Kutani potter whose work eschews the traditional go-sai that reign supreme in Kutani! I especially like the face!
Really pretty peony or chrysanthemums arranged in a geometric pattern.
K.Nishita is a potter who makes the blanks to be painted by Kutani potters of the Coraku collective. He makes some very nice celadon and cream porcelains as well.
Brother of K.Nishita, S.Nishita is a painter whose work focuses on the go-sai.
Another Kutani potter whose work is of the five colors. I especially like the dragon!
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this very small selection of Kutani painters and pots. There are many more, but these give you a pretty good idea of the Kutani style! Thanks for reading!