Vase by Takeichi (Buichi) Kawai with original wooden box with his signature.
H21.5 x W9cm
Very good condition ★★★★☆
No chips, No cracks
*The box has some damages.
*This vase will be shipped out via Fedex with tracking.
Takeichi (Buichi) Kawai (1908-1989)
In 1927, Takeichi studied ceramics with his legendary uncle Kawai Kanjiro (1890-1966), one of Japan’s most famous potters and a founder of the Mingei movement, and received his guidance during the course of nearly 40 years until Kanjiro’s death.
He inherited mingei techniques such as gosu porcelain, cinnabar lacquerware, and ameyu and kakiyu glazes from his uncle.
During this period, he worked as an assistant to Bernard Leach, who was visiting the Kanetani kiln (Kanjiro’s workshop) in 1935, and sought guidance at his side.
Works from the later period of Kawai Takeichi's career were wood-fired in a four-chambered Noborigama climbing kiln which he established with his son in 1978 in a rural area of Kameoka city in Kyoto Prefecture where wood-burning kilns are still permitted. The kiln was christened Nantan-gama( Nantan Kiln)
Takeichi’s works are in the collections of the following museums.
National Gallery of Victoria
Museum of NewZealand
Asian Art Museum ,etc.
1908 Born in Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture
1926 Begins apprenticing under Kawai Kanjiro in Kyoto
1935 Serves as assistant to Bernard Leach at Kawai Kiln, Gojozaka, Kyoto
1942 Studies ceramic making in China for one year
1949 Joins the National Creative Painting Association
1953 Becomes an independent artist
1964 Kanjiro-Hirotsugu-Takeichi Trio Exhibition held in Kyoto
Traveled to Australia and New Zealand
Held private exhibition and pottery classes in Wellington
1978 Holds 50th year memorial exhibitions at Takashimaya Galleries in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto
Takeichi’s uncle, Kanjiro Kawai, never signed his works either.
Kanjiro did not like his works to be treated ostentatiously as "works of art. This was because he believed that beautiful things are never special. Beautiful things are not something that can be created only by special people, but also reside in the handiwork of unknown craftsmen.
There is another important artist Shoji Hamada, he didn’t sign either.
It is said that this is because he tried to be a craftsman rather than an individual artist in the spirit of folk art.
Kanjiro Kawai and Hamada were main member of the Japanese Mingei (Folk) movement.
Not signing work is part of the Mingei philosophy.
Shoji Hamada and Kanjiro followed this idea, they are well known as no-sign artists.
So the vase by Takeichi Kawai does not have a signature as he followed the Mingei philosophy of his uncle Kanjiro Kawai.
The signature on the box is by Takeichi Kawai.