Yoshita2Vase with Peony and Sarasa Patterns, 2016; porcelain with gold underglaze;
h. 11 5/8 x dia. 12 1/2 in. (29.5 x 31.5 cm)

 

Vase with sarasa patterns, 2012Vase with sarasa patterns, 2012, porcelain with gold underglaze, h. 13 1/4 x dia. 12 1/2 inches (33.5 x 31.5 cm)

 

Vase with sarasa patterns, 2012Vase with sarasa patterns, 2012, porcelain with gold underglaze, h. 16 1/2 x dia. 10 2/5 in. (42 x 26.5 cm)

 

Plate with peony and dry-grass patterns, 2012Plate with peony and dry-grass patterns, 2012, porcelain with gold underglaze,
h. 4 3/10 x dia. 19 2/5 in. (11 x 49.5 cm)

Yoshita Minori (b. 1932)

Living National Treasure (2001)

The Yoshita family is in charge of the Nishikiyama kiln, which specializes in aka-e kinrande, a highly decorative porcelain tradition using gold and red enamel painting in brocade-patterns of Kutani wares in Ishikawa. In 1951, Yoshita Minori, who had been making pottery since high school, took over the family business and became the third generation head of the family. Since then, he has been experimenting with numerous traditional techniques characteristic to the Nishikiyama Kiln while refining them in innovative ways.

The artist is recognized for his graceful application of yuri-kinsai, an under-glazed gold decorative porcelain. This method was developed in the 1960’s in Kanazawa. Gold-leaf cut-outs in patterns are applied prior to glazes, rather than by the traditional process of painting patterns in gold pigments by brush. His technique is a perfect marriage of the elegant Kutani porcelain tradition with kinpaku or gold-leaf, a highly prized local product from Kaga domain, Ishikawa. This method opened up a new frontier in the world of gold-colored porcelain in Japan. Yoshita is regarded as the leading figure in this field. In 2001, he was awarded the Medal of Purple Ribbon and was designated a Living National Treasure.


Yoshita Minori (b. 1932) Exhibits

Selected Exhibitions

2013–2017
Asia Week, New York, US
2016
Creating Handicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition, Wako, Tokyo, Japan
2014
Japan from Prehistory to the Present, British Museum, London, UK
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US
2013
Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, US
2012
Japan: Land of Enchantments, Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy
2007
Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, British Museum, London, UK

Selected Public Collection

British Museum, London, UK; Auckland Museum, New Zealand; Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Arita, Saga, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Museum of Ceramic Art, Sasayama, Hyogo, Japan

Timeline

Important Intangible Cultural Property of Japan
Intangible Cultural Property of Ishikawa Prefecture
Permanent committee member of the Issui-kai Ceramic Art Division
1951
Succeeds Kinzan-gama Kiln as 3rd generation master of kiln
1963
Ishikawa Prefecture Governor’s Prize, 2nd Kutani Ware New Work Exhibition
1970
Represents Ishikawa Prefecture in the 1970 Japan World Exposition, exhibits ‘Hyakunin-Isshu’ large vase
1972
Kanazawa City Mayor’s Prize, Ishikawa Design Exhibition
1974
Entry, Japan Traditional Art and Crafts Exhibition
1976
Prize, Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition
1978
Issui-kai Prize, Issui-kai Ceramic Art Exhibition
1979
Underglaze Gilded Gold Bowl acquired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
1979
Exhibits work at the International Competition For Contemporary Ceramic Art, Faenza, Italy
1980
Award of Excellence, 3rd Traditional Kutani Ware Craft Exhibition Prize, Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition
1982
Award of Excellence, 5th Traditional Kutani Ware Craft Exhibition
1982
Award of Excellence Member, Issui-kai Ceramic Art Exhibition
1984
Prize, Chunichi International Ceramic Art Exhibition
Award of Encouragement, Japan Traditional Art and Crafts Exhibition
1985
Prize, Chunichi International Ceramic Art Exhibition
1986
Solo Exhibition at Nomura Art Museum, Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto
1989
Award of Excellence, 12th Traditional Kutani Ware Craft Exhibition
1990
Award of Excellence, 13th Traditional Kutani Ware Craft Exhibition
1991,1993, 1997
Solo Exhibition at Ginza Wako Art Gallery
1992
Award of Excellence, 15th Traditional Kutani Ware Craft Exhibition
Takamatsunomiya Memorial Prize, Japan Traditional Art and Crafts Exhibition
Designated Intangible Cultural Property of Ishikawa Prefecture for Kutani ware
1993
Underglaze Gilded Gold Decorative Bowl enters permanent collection of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
1995
Receives Japan Ceramic Society Prize
Jury Member, 42nd Japan Traditional Art and Crafts Exhibition
1997
Prize, International Overglaze and Enamel Ceramic Art Fair ’97, Kutani
2000
Jury Member, Japan Traditional Art and Crafts Exhibition
2001
Receives Medal of the Purple Ribbon, bestowed by the Emperor of Japan
Designated by Japan as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property for Underglaze Gilded Gold Decorations (Living National Treasure status)
Receives Hokkoku Cultural Prize
Receives Cultural Service Award from Ishikawa Prefecture
2002
Receives Cultural Award from Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture
2003
Receives 26th Ishikawa Television Broadcast Award