Satoyama refers to Japan’s beautiful rural landscape, where humans and nature coexist in harmony. Now that people are recognizing the importance of creating a sustainable society and protecting the environment, the value of Satoyama is being reevaluated. Artist Keigo Kamide has his roots in Kutani pottery and has a talent for transposing traditional craftsmanship to modern styles. In this collection, he uses the five colors of Kutani ware (green, yellow, purple, blue, and red) to tell stories of the Japanese wildlife that he encountered in the Satoyama, using a dyeing technique called tsutsugaki.
Keigo Kamide | Kamide Shigei
Born in Ishikawa Prefecture in 1981, Kamide graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2006, specializing in oil painting. He is the successor to Kamide Choemon-gama, a Kutani ware pottery founded in 1879. His company, Kamide Shigei, was established in 2014. Kamide brings Kutani ware, rooted in the history of Oriental porcelain, into the present day with his flexible ideas, unconstrained by tradition or framework.