Kyohei’s father, the late Jinenbo Nakagawa, believed that the SPIRIT of the artist lived on in their pieces. He immersed himself in potting. He was a stubborn and single-minded artist, but everyone loved him for his open-heartedness. His pieces were introduced on NHK “History and 101 modern potters of tea pottery” (2002), “Tea pottery in Heisei 100 potters and potteries” (2004). In 2011, he passed away and his son took over the kiln.
Kyohei’s works have a stillness and delicacy in a dynamic way. He additionally has been exploring his own style on his pieces. He would like to create his pieces to accompany people’s everyday life in a natural way.
Tradition = Succession of Passion
Karatsu Pottery has been made for over 400 years. Although Jinenbo Nakagawa died in 2011 his son Kyohei carries on the tradition of making Karatsu Pottery with passion, care and much effort. Kyohei believes that this passing on of the Passion is essential for the healthy development of the Tradition of Karatsu Pottery.
Materials, Time and Effort
Initially Jinenbo made pottery with the best materials he could afford but quickly realised that they did not produce the effects he wanted. He then looked locally in the Karatsu area and realised with careful selection, collection, processing and forming by hand he could express what he wanted. The final process of firing a wood fired kiln produces pottery that is truly unique.