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

Selected Exhibitions

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