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Kawakita Handeishi 川喜田 半泥子

Kawakita Handeishi

Photograph: Courtesy of Sekisui Museum, Mie, Japan


One of the artists to have the largest impact on the Japanese tea world was KAWAKITA HANDEISHI, a prosperous banker who held several important financial positions but who also found time for calligraphy, painting, poetry and photography.  At the age of fifty, Kawakita turned exclusively to the world of clay and breathed new life into the field. His very personal and delightful teabowls and other tea implements have influenced many young ceramists who in turn became masters themselves.

Major Public Collections:

Brooklyn Museum, NY
Hyakugo Bank, Tsu, Japan
Kosetsu Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan
Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Tsu, Japan
Miho Museum, Shiga, Japan
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
Sekisui Museum, Tsu, Japan

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