SAKAIDA KAKIEMON XV – JAPANESE POTTER

The exhibition ‘Asia’ in the Rijksmuseum, showed how Japanese design was introduced in the Netherlands through the 17th century VOC.

One of the specialties the Dutch elite loved immediately was the precious, luxury porcelain of Kakiemon. Soon this was favoured over the Chinese porcelain.

Now, the celebrations of 400 year porcelain crafts in the Japanese Arita region, brings the 15th generation, Sakaida Kakiemon, to Amsterdam and Lloyd Hotel.

 

This year we celebrate the Japanese-Dutch connection. What do you think we can learn from each other?

Firstly it is important to recognize that 400 years ago we already made these pieces of porcelain. And the Dutch with their tradition of trade, brought them to Europe. Of course both countries have changed a lot since then, and we have to take into account what the differences are to go further, together. In my case, I have to consider how we can offer a new Kakiemon style, in line with the tradition which is suited to the nowadays way of life. I think that is my task: keeping the essence of the tradition and creating new things.

 

Firstly it is important to recognize that 400 years ago we already made these pieces of porcelain. And the Dutch with their tradition of trade, brought them to Europe. Of course both countries have changed a lot since then, and we have to take into account what the differences are to go further, together. In my case, I have to consider how we can offer a new Kakiemon style, in line with the tradition which is suited to the nowadays way of life. I think that is my task: keeping the essence of the tradition and creating new things.