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Kohiki Sake Cup
Kohei Nakamura
[Ceramic + Porcelain ]
Item Number:C6706
In Japan there are many words that contain the term sake: asazake (morning sake), amazake (sweet, mild sake), iwaizake (celebratory sake), kanzake (warmed sake), nigorizake (unrefined sake), hanamizake (cherry blossom-viewing sake), yukimizake (snow-viewing sake), mukaezake (hair of the dog), masuzake (sake in a square wooden cup), etc.

From this, it can be seen that Sake, which is brewed from rice, plays an important role in the lives of the Japanese people, it is drunk at ceremonies and festivals, weddings and celebrations, while in ancient times it was used as an offering before battle or on auspicious occasions. It offers people a fresh start and purifies their bodies; whenever there is an occasion for people to come together, sake is always present.

The vessels used for serving and drinking sake came in a huge variety of shapes and sizes: narrow-necked flasks, called tokuri, that are used to pour sake; lipped bowls, called katakuchi, for serving; tiny cups known as guinomi that allow the drinker to enjoy the sake a little at a time; and many others. From great masters to new young artists, all of Ippodo's artists have excelled themselves to produce works in their own particular styles that can be seen at the Ippodo Gallery.

*There will be no opening reception.

Participating Artists (in alphabetical order)
Ken Akachi / Junsuke Asai / Ryusuke Asai / Goni Chon / Yasushi Fujihira / Tetsuya Ishiyama / Tsubusa Kato/ Masato Kigasawa / Ryoji Koie / Masahiro Maeda/ Toru Matsuzaki / Shigeyoshi Morioka / Yuriko Morioka/ Kohei Nakamura / Katsunori Nakashima / Akio Niisato / Yoshio Nishihata / Kai Tsujimura / Shiro Tsujimura / Yui Tsujimura
About the Artist
Born the third son of the famous Kanazawa potter, Baizan Nakamura, he initially displayed his exceptional talent through the creation of contemporary ceramics. He caused a sensation in 1983 with an exhibition at New York's Garth Clark Gallery, but following his return to Japan, he began to concentrate on producing traditional tea bowls.

1948 Born in Kanazawa as the third son of Baizan Nakamura.
1973 Graduated from the sculpture department of Tama University of Art.
1979 Award - National fellowship, Agency for Cultural Affairs.
1989 Award - Grand-Prix, Yagi-Kazuo Prize Exhibition.
1990 Japan Clay Work, sponsored by the Japan Foundation (travelling to
Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand)
Crafts Exhibition (Umeda Hankyu Department Store, Osaka; Yurakucho
Hankyu, Tokyo)
International Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition "Changing
Pottery"(Shiga prefectural Togei-no-mori Museum)
Japanese Clay Work "Now" 100 Selections Exhibition (Etoile
Museum, Paris, Mitsukoshi Department Stores, Japan)
1992 International Exhibition of Ceramic Art (National Historial
Museum, The Republic of China)
1993 Contemporary Clay Work <1950-1990> (Aichi Prefectural Museum of
1994 International Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition (Aichi Prefectural
Ceramic Museum)
1996 The Suntory Museum Grand Prize Exhibition'96 (Suntory Museum of
Art, Tokyo)
1999 Contemporary Ceramic Art (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Japanese Craft Work "Now" 100 Selections Exhibition (Etoile
Museum, Paris, Mitsukoshi Department Stores, Japan)
Japanese Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition - Movement of Avant-
Garde (Holland)
2004-2009 Numerous shows at galleries in Japan
2010 Solo exhibition at Ginza Ippodo Gallery
2012 Art Crafting Towards the Future (21st Century Museum of
Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)
Solo exhibition at Nomura Art Museum, Kyoto
2013 Contemporary Master Tea Bowl Exhibition (Musee Tomo, Tokyo)

Public Collections

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art.
Shiga Prefectural Museum of Modern Art.
Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art.
Japan Foundation.
Shiga prefectural Togei-no-mori Museum.
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.
Nomura Art Museum, Kyoto.
"Japan House" Museum of Modern Art, Argentina.
Everson Museum of Art, New York.
Mint Museum, North Carolina.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.