Born 1934, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Residing in an exquisite compound in the mountains near Toki, KISHIMOTO KENNIN is in the center for Oribe and Shino ceramics. He derives his inspiration from these Mino traditions but has transformed these aesthetics into highly creative Iga ware. His enthusiasm for a variety of aesthetic traditions has provided him with a vast range of techniques typically used for unglazed pottery. From the mid-1990s until recently, he has also focused on the highly difficult craft of crackle-glaze celadon ware. However, his natural ash Iga ceramics are what have brought him his greatest acclaim in Japan, Europe and the US.
Selected Public Collections:
Brooklyn Museum, NY
Cincinnati Art Museum, OH
Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Phoenix Art Museum, AZ
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Japan
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Iga covered water jar
6 7/8 x 7 1/8 in.
Uzukumaru (Crouching); traditional broad-shouldered Iga vase with incised patterning
7 5/8 x 8 1/8 in.
Iga tea bowl
3 3/4 x 4 7/8 inches
V-shaped Iga vessel with natural ash-glaze
10 1/2 x 15 x 6 inches
Iga ware faceted teabowl
Natural ash-glazed stoneware
4 x 6 x 5 5/8 inches