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Ceramic artist KAMEOKA

Introduction of "Toubou KAMEOKA"by Mr. Kameoka



Kyushu is one of the leading pottery-producing areas in Japan.In particular, Kyushu is home to Arita-yaki, Karatsu-yaki, Imari-yaki, and many other types of pottery that attract many fans in Japan.KAMEOKA Pottery, which we will introduce here ,is also located in Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture in Kyushu.



After gaining more than 20 years of experience at a pottery with a history of 400 years, he became independent in 2015,and as of 2021, he has been making pottery for 30 years.He is always confronted with himself and the works he creates are original and wonderful compared to many other Japanese potteries.




Normal pottery is made by drying molded and unglazed clay called SUYAKI ,and putting it directly into a kiln to be baked, and then painting on it.
However, KAMEOKA's work is a little different.His work is painted before it dries.He paints precisely on the wet clay which is so soft that it can be deformed by even the slightest force of hand.

There is a reason why he takes a lot of trouble to paint on wet clay because by painting on wet clay, the fabric and the paint are firmly attached to each other, and the presence and expression of the finished painting is overwhelmingly different.
Nowadays, there are only a few kilns in Japan that use this technique because it is not suitable for mass production.
This is a technique used because of the care that goes into painting, which is one of the characteristics of KAMEOKA's work.





The manufacturing method called HAKEME(brush marks) is one of the characteristics of KAMEOKA's works. 
It is not only painted on urns, but all his works also are painted by this method,as the hidden lead.
HAKEME(brush marks) painted with skillful techniques using brushes and special tools is  the patterns which draw flowing wave and have a mysterious charm that draws the viewer in.
(Since this is a secret technique, we do not show videos or photos of the technique using special tools to the general public, but we do prepare videos for special viewing for customers who wish to purchase them, so please let us know.)

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What we at kokuri recommend are the paintings of animals and plants, which are drawn based on accurate realism using his advanced techniques.
In particular, the painting of horses is a must-see technique.
He paints in three dimensions, adjusting the amount of paint as he goes, to create a wonderful three-dimensional representation of the muscle mass and balance.
Animals such as horses and dragons, as well as plants, are delicately expressed by the artist's unique technique.


semi-porcelain explanation.

It refers to products made of fine-grained clay that mixes the good qualities of pottery and porcelain.

The use of fine-grained clay makes it possible to express the HAKEME(brush marks) , which is essential for KAMEOKA's works, more clearly.
This is a rare use of clay in Japan.



Potter Yasuhiro Kameoka says.
『 Recently, my eyesight has been getting weaker as I get older, and it has become more difficult for me to do detailed work. However, there are some works that I can create now that my eyesight is getting weaker.I am looking forward to creating them.』

His humble and sincere attitude toward his work is reflected in just like his personality.

We will put our skills to work for you.



Please choose the design that will be the base for your urn.There are 6 types of designs: "HAKEME", "HAKEME+KANJI(or KATAKANA) NAME", "grass and flowers", "horse", "dragon"and"white tiger"

Please select by referring to past work examples.

Please choose a size.There are 4 sizes from 4sun to 7sun.Sun is a length unit in the traditional East Asian system of weights and measures.1sun≒1.19inch

The price is determined by the combination of design and size you choose.