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Kanjirō Kawai

(1890—1966)


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(b Shimane Prefect., 24 Aug 1890; d Kyoto, 18 Nov 1966). Japanese potter. In 1920 he obtained a climbing kiln (noborigama), the Shōkeiyō, with eight chambers, at Gojōzaka in Kyoto. In the following year he made his début with technically skilled works imitating the classical wares of China and Korea, for which he gained immediate prominence. In 1926 with Muneyoshi Yanagi and others he promoted the Mingei (‘folk crafts’) movement; his own work moved towards the use of simple organic forms influenced by folk crafts. An example of his later work is a diamond-shaped vase with floral design of 1939 (Kyoto, N. Mus. Mod. A.)

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From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.


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