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Komekyu Kazuhiko


Iron red overglaze painter / Kutani Yonekyu kiln 


Since ancient times, red has represented good luck. 

It is a vitality color that represents auspiciousness, elimination of evil, and full of vitality. 

The iron red overglaze in Kutani ware is characterized by the traditional auspicious patterns drawn with fine lines. 

Kutani ware has a history of 400 years, including the "iron red overglaze fine drawing" and "iron red overglaze gilt techniques" techniques that flourished from the Edo period to the early Meiji period. 

However, it is precisely because these techniques are so sophisticated that only a handful of writers have passed them down to modern times. 

Among them, the most eye-catching is Mr. Komekyu Kazuhiko. 

Kutani ware specializes in the production of vases, incense burners and decorative plates. It combines the unique feelings of Toshihide writer to adapt to the unique style of the current era and is widely loved and supported by everyone. 

In recent years, the table coordination activities in cooperation with florists have got a very good response. Therefore, the new possibilities for the development of Kutani utensils have also attracted widespread attention. 

The auspicious world carefully drawn with "red" is full of elegance and excitement. 



1968 Born in Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture. 

1990 Graduated from Kanazawa University of Art and Technology, Department of Arts, major in Oil Painting 

1992 Graduated from the specialized course of Ishikawa Prefecture Kutani ware Technical Training Institute 

1996 Opened Yonekyu kiln and started self-operation. 

2001 Starting from this year, classical activities have been carried out across the country 

2010 Participated in the pottery making of the table for a banquet celebrating the centennial of the Yamate Western Pavilion (home of diplomats) in Yokohama City 

Held a banquet of flowers and utensils "Autumn Banquet" in the Japanese restaurant "Dance" Ballroom of the Westin Tokyo 

2011 Held a banquet of flowers and utensils "Dishes of Seasons" in the Japanese restaurant "Dance" Ballroom of the Westin Hotel in Tokyo 

2012 Table pottery making at the "Bless Japan" banquet at Shinoki State Guest Hotel Kanazawa 

2013 Production of works presented by former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori to President Putin during his visit 

   "Kutani Art Exhibition" held at the Japanese restaurant Hinosaka Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo 

   " Aya's autumn" was exhibited at the autumn event at the Old Iwasaki Garden in Ueno, Tokyo 

   Invited to attend the modern O-CHA tool exhibition at the 2013 Shizuoka World Tea Festival 



"Kutani ware" is a ceramic technique that represents Japan and has a history of 400 years. The Kutani ware known for its gorgeous paintings contains a kind of fine art painting, which is expressed by a super fine brush. 

Because this technique is very delicate, it can only be drawn with a very fine pen tip, so even in its heyday, from the second half of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, there were only about 250 craftsmen. Nowadays, there are only a handful of writers and craftsmen engaged in iron red overglaze. 

During the boom period of exporting overseas, many painting styles were influenced by Chinese paintings, such as Painting of flowers and romantic and Chinese landscape paintings, but at the same time, the exquisite small patterns were also very eye-catching. 

Brushes that require great patience and concentration can often create wonderful works that "feel the heart". The so-called works are actually what the painter's own worldview shows through the pen tip. 

In order to express a "high-level work", I will paint the treasure box with various allegorical patterns and use the pen nib to outline it stroke by stroke, fully engaged with body and mind. 

The pattern contains prayers and blessings as well as praise for precious lives. While inheriting the fine traditions of Japan and integrating modern aesthetics, I will continue to challenge "creating beautiful things" with the iron red overglaze technique that I can do. 

Komekyu Kazuhiko 


Aka-e Kinrande Shirokane Rante Peony Arabesque

plate decorated with double-dragon painting 

iron red overglaze vase with Windmill pattern 

The dragon is known as a divine beast and a spiritual beast, in the meanwhile it has always been the throne and the supreme symbol in China. According to tale, the dragon is amphibious, and its yell can bring about wind and rain, fly straight into the sky, and fly freely. It is a magnificent work to draw the dragon soaring into the sky with gold leaf on the plate of the iron red overglaze. 

Through countless days and nights of studying and accumulating the art of red painting, Mr. Kazuhiko Yonehiko created a unique "windmill" pattern. Draw fine lines in simple patterns. Each stroke implies auspiciousness. 

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