Kaneta Masanao, born in 1953
Scooped-out vessel with Hagi and ash glazes with greys, pink coloration and extensive kiln effects
W 58 x D 27,5 x H 29,8 cm
Kaneta Masanao likely needs no introduction, certainly one of Hagi’s most well known and easily identifiable names. An eighth generation Hagi potter, Kaneta Masanao has expanded beyond his hefty heritage to create a more sculptural oeuvre. Perhaps due to Kaneta’s training in sculpture, his forms have a strong and dramatic presence that sets them apart from the works by other artists of this traditional Japanese ceramic centre. Using the centuries-old Hagi white-pink glazes, Kaneta creates unique and readily identifiable functional and non-functional contemporary ceramic forms. His signature technique of kurinuki, in which he digs or scoops-out a form out of the clay instead of shaping it on a wheel, further allows him to boldly depart from ancient Hagi traditions.
His work evokes a distinct tension between both function and form, and technique and tradition.
He has been displayed both nationally and internationally innumerable times. Museum exhibitions, including the 400-year Hagi retrospective at the Suntory Museum, major group exhibition at the Ibaraki Prefecture Ceramic Art Museum, displayed at Nihon Dento Kogei Ten, Nihon Togei Ten. The list goes on… So does Kaneta’s works in public collections including over twenty internationals museums: the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, Yamaguchi Prefecture Museum, Gifu Modern Ceramics Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Mseum of Art, the Asian Art Museum, San Fransisco, Metropolitan Museum among many others.