Nigoshide White Vase with Azalea Patterns, 1986, porcelain, h. 7 7/8 x dia. 20 5/8 in. (20 x 52.5 cm)

Nigoshide white container with cherry blossom patterns, 2012; porcelain; h. 4 3/4 x dia. 10 inches (12 x 25.7 cm)

Nigoshide white square vase with persimmon patterns, 2012, porcelain, h. 10 1/8 x w. 5 x d. 5 in. (25.7 x 12.5 x 12.5 cm)

Nigoshide white plate with dianthus patterns, 2012, porcelain, h. 1 4/5 x dia. 15 9/10 in. (4.6 x 40.6 cm)

Sakaida Kakiemon XIV (1934–2013)

Living National Treasure (2001)

Kakiemon is a colorful and decorative style of porcelain, named after the illustrious family who perfected porcelain wares in Arita, Kyushu. Since the early Edo period (16151868), Kakiemon porcelains have been exported to Europe and treasured all over the world.

Sakaida Kakiemon, the fourteenth generation head of the Kakiemon family, specialized in porcelains that demonstrate strong compositional motifs. He trained in Nihonga, a style of Japanese painting prior to working in porcelain with his grandfather (Kakiemon XII, 1878-1963) and his father (Kakiemon XIII, 1906-1982). In 2001, Sakaida Kakiemon was designated a Living National Treasure for his excellence in over-glazed enamel porcelains. His works harmoniously combine traditional colors and motifs in the Kakiemon style with his own contemporary aesthetic, cultivated through his training as a Nihonga painter.

The beauty of Kakiemon porcelain lies not only in the finished product, but in its perfect balance between the richly colored and delicately executed enamel paintings against the pristine white grounds of negative space. Nigoshide (milk-white base), a white porcelain base unique to Kakiemon porcelain, was invented in the late 17th century by the first Kakiemon generation. In the 18th century, Kakiemon’s porcelain production came to a halt. It was Kakiemon XIII, Sakaida Kakiemon’s father, who succeeded in reviving the family tradition. In 1955, the nigoshide technique was designated an Intangible Cultural Property by the Japanese government.

Sakaida Kakiemon XIV (1934–2013) Exhibits


Asia Week, New York, US
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US
Artisanship and Aesthetic of Japan and Thailand, Bangkok National Museum, Thailand
Kakiemon, Ceramics Museum Princessehof, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, British Museum, London, UK

Selected Public Collection

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US; British Museum, London, UK; Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Arita, Saga, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan


The saccession to the XIV Kakiemon
Designated as an honorary citizen of San Francisco,USA
Member of the Steering Committee of Issuikai pottery departments
An honorary member of The International Academy of Ceramics
The Foreign Minister's Award Recipient
The Minister of Education Award Recipient
Accredited as the holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasure).
The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon recipient
Appointed as Vice President of Nihon Kogeikai (the Japan Art Crafts Association.)
Received received West Japan Cultural Award