Classical Beauty of Kutani Ware Polychrome Artistry

The art of Mitsui Tamekichi captures the depth and sensibilities of discipline and aesthetic refinement.
His use of vibrant Kutani gosai "five colors" and elegant, dignified expressions bring to life the sophisticated artistry of
natural motifs. By embracing ko-Kutani or old Kutani styles and perfecting techniques passed down through the centuries,
his creations garner admiration for the enduring classical beauty of Kutani ware's polychrome artistry.

The Art of Polychrome Porcelain

Mitsui Tamekichi's artistry lies in his unwavering dedication to the traditional ko-Kutani style, evident in its bold compositions and masterful use of the vibrant Kutani gosai palette—green, yellow, purple, navy blue, and red. Their designs transcend mere replication, showcasing exceptional artistic finesse as he navigates and enhances the classic contours of Kutani ware. Channeling the spirit of ancient ko-Kutani while surpassing its artistic achievements, Mitsui Tamekichi has established themselves as a leading figure in the modern realm of this traditional ceramic art.

The Exquisite Harmony of Natural Motifs

Kutani ware's portrayals of flowers, birds, and landscapes not only transcend simple artistic representation but also embody deep philosophical and moral insights shaped by centuries of samurai discipline during the Edo period (1603 CE–1868 CE).

Mitsui Tamekichi's engagement with these themes resonates with the East Asian art principle of kiin seido, or "the rhythmic vitality of the movements of life," which emphasizes the dynamic energy inherent in artistic expression.

Through vivid colors and skillful brushwork, he creates a sense of depth that draws the viewer into the painting, transforming everyday motifs into subjects of profound admiration and deep cultural reflection. 


Mitsui Tamekichi, an established name in the exquisite porcelain artistry of Kutani ware, stands as a symbol of Japan's rich cultural heritage, vibrantly captured through its polychrome palette of Kutani gosai "five colors": red, yellow, purple, navy blue, and green. Under the stewardship of Mitsui Tamekichi the third, this family kiln honors generations of meticulous craftsmanship, weaving detailed, hand-painted designs that exemplify the masterful balance of color and space in the ko-Kutani painting style.

With Mitsui Tatsuya poised as the successor, the kiln's legacy is set to continue, merging reverence for its historical depth with a vision for innovation. Tatsuya's evolution from apprentice to a recognized Traditional Craftsperson, under the tutelage of his father, encapsulates a commitment to excellence and the preservation of the enchanting beauty of Kutani ware. The timeless allure of Mitsui Tamekichi's Kutani ware remains a celebrated and cherished art form.

Mitsui Tatsuya: Guardian of Kutani Ware's Eternal Beauty