May 1, 2008

Kingyoku Nakata, potter in Kutani


Cold sake cup


Kingyoku Nakata studied basic techniques at a famous kiln in Kyoto. After completion of his studies, he returned to Kutani and apprenticed under his father. He also studied with Yasokichi Tokuda (Living National Treasure) and three other masters in Kutani.
His work has received many awards. In 1994 he was designated Traditional Craftsman from the Japanese government. When the Japanese prime minister visited Europe in 2000, he gave Kingyoku Nakata’s pieces as gifts.