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The 10th generation of the Sakakura-zenemon Kiln
- Born in March 14, 1969
- Currently resides in Nagato-city, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Zenemon Sakakura kiln had continued since the Edo era until the grandfather’s generation. Though once closing down the kiln, in the year of 2000, the present generation of Zenemon Sakakura lit a fire again in the kiln after polishing his skill as a Hagi ware artist.
The present day Zenemon Sakakura was raised in Nagatominose, a town once thrived with the kilns appointed by the local feudal lord of the time. Later, he practiced in Mino region known for Mino ware and studied not only potteries but also other techniques of the formative arts. Combining the vivid colors with the gentle forms, his works are unique and can be described as the avant-garde. Meanwhile, his Hagi wares also possess the graceful traditional appearance in a proof that he has succeeded techniques continued from the Edo era.
“I wanted to revive Sakakura-zenemon kiln by my own hands. Through the creation of Hagi ware, what I hope to convey is its beauty when the clay merges with the glazing and also its astonishment when the kiln modulation pattern suddenly appears on the surface of the potteries. When I am working, I always make efforts in order to make the vividness of colors appear beautifully on the wares.”
1994 He graduated from Kobe University of Arts & Design
1996 He graduated from Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center
2002 His art was awarded with the Grand Award in the Exhibition of the Tea Bowls hosted by the Ceramic Art Foundation.
2004 His art was accepted twice in the Exhibition of the Molding for the Tea Ceremonies hosted by Tanabe Museum of Art.
His art was accepted four times in the Western Japan Ceramics Exhibition
2006 He succeeded the name of the 10th Zenemon Sakakura.
2007 His art was displayed in the Exhibition of Hagi and Korean Contemporary Ceramics Exchange.
2009 He received the Art Encouragement Prize in the Exhibition of Yamaguchi Traditional Artifacts hosted by Asahi Shinbun.
2010 His art was accepted in the Hagi Grand Prix of Contemporary Ceramics.
2013 His art was accepted in the Western Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition.
2013 His art was accepted in the Exhibition for the Ceramic Art.
His art was awarded with the Special Recognition Award in the Exhibition of the Hagi Ceramic Artists.
His art received yab Asahi Broadcasting Award in the Exhibition of Yamaguchi Traditional Artifacts hosted by Asahi Shinbun.