Mitsui Tamekichi, his works and history

Mitsui Tamekichi  his works

colored plate with two men and square patterns

It seems to be a work that were created with motifs from some works of gosai-de style ko-kutani (a style painted using green, yellow, purple, ultramarine, and red). ・・・(continued)



colored plate with design like Nanga painting

Using traditional kutani gosai (five colors of green, yellow, purple, ultramarine and red), it is a work that Tamekichi expressed the “beauty” that the creator himself felt ・・・(continued)


Mitsui Tamekich  his history

The first Mitsui Tamekichi  三ツ井 為吉

born in 1903 and died in 1958

The first Mitsui Tamekichi studied porcelain painting under master craftsman, the first Tokuda Yasokichi, who reconstructed the style of ao-kutani (green kutani like ao-de of ko-kutani) during the Meiji period when aka-kutani (red kutani) was flourishing. After studying, Tamekichi was passionate about recreating ko-kutani in gosai-de (a style painted with green, yellow, purple, ultramarine, and red).

In addition, he studied the traditional designs and paints of ko-kutani, and created the works in gosai-de style, so he was highly evaluated and called a master craftsman. And, he created arts and crafts such as decorative plates, and also created many tableware used in daily life. It is said that a big pottery merchant, Kaburagi Shoten often bought the works of Tamekichi, as well as the works of Tokuda Yasokichi who was called the master craftsman of ao kutani (first and second generation), Matsumoto Sakichi, Ishimura Sozan, Asakura Isokichi, etc.