Nigoshide White Vase with Strawberry Patterns, 2016; porcelain; h. 13 1/8 x dia. 10 1/8 in. (33.3 x 25.8 cm)


Nigoshide white covered jar with acorn patterns, 2015; porcelain; h. 16 1/8 x dia. 10 1/4 inches (41 x 26 cm)

Sakaida Kakiemon XV (b. 1968)

Sakaida Kakiemon XV took on the challenge of producing Arita pottery in Saga Prefecture at age 26, when he decided to learn how to use a potter’s wheel. In 2014, upon the death of his father, Kakiemon XIV, who was a Living National Treasure, Sakaida became the 15th generation head of the family. As the eldest son in the family he said, “I had known that I would have to inherit the pottery tradition someday. I hope to work in a way that will not disgrace this name, which has been handed down for many years.”

The Kakiemon style, dating back to the mid-17th century during the early Edo Period (1603–1868), is known for combining a milky white base called nigoshide with colorful painting. Although Arita porcelain has received international recognition, Kakiemon XV said he has come to think of it as “unfinished work.” At a ceremony to celebrate the assumption of the title, Kakiemon XV said he wants to return to the 17th century style, which he believes achieves a sense of unity with the nigoshide-painting mix. After several trials, he ceased to use red, which is symbolic of the Kakiemon style.

Sakaida Kakiemon XV (b. 1968) Exhibits


Asia Week, New York, US
Kakiemon: Artistic and Aesthetic Traditions, Kyushu National Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Commemmorating the Succession: The Fifteenth Generation Sakaida Kakiemon Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department Store, Tokyo, Japan

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