photo Seiichi Masuyama

Seiichi Masuyama

The iron kettles used in the tea ceremony have traditionally been made by employing the sogata (loam mold) technique. In this process, a single wooden template is used and a mold is produced in the order of coarse, semi-finish, and finished. In 1991, I devised the double loam mold technique, which uses a two section wooden template to create irregularities on the mold surface. This allows me to give a feeling of depth and breadth to my works.

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Metal works
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association

Career

  • 1995
    Born in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture
  • 1979
    Graduated from the Department of Crafts in the Faculty of Arts and Design, Osaka University of Arts
    Entered chagama craftsman OKUNI Tobei’s Studio as an apprentice
  • 1981
    Studied under his father MASUYAMA Keitetsu
    Began production of chagama tea kettles
  • 1983
    Studied under KANAMORI Eichi (Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder)
    Selected for the 22nd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Toyama Exhibition for the first time. Selected successively to date
  • 1985
    Selected for the 15th Japanese Traditional Metalwork Exhibition for the first time. Selected 14 times to date
  • 1988
    Selected for the 35th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition for the first time. Selected 11 times to date
  • 1993
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 2003
    First solo exhibition at El Paseo, Otaya-machi, Takaoka City (May)
  • 2011
    Second solo exhibition of tea kettles at the Lily White Gallery, Imizu City (October)
  • 2012
    Secretary-General of the Japan Kogei Association Toyama Branch

Award

  • Japan Traditional Art Crafts Toyama Exhibition
    Selected 12 times and received the Governor’s Award and the Board of Education Award, among others