en-us-Traditional lacquer work  Master Kazumitsu Ikko Kiyose 1800K 


The joy of getting the real thing one by one

A major feature of Kanazawa lacquerware is the splendid and graceful Kaga lacquer work that was introduced by Igarashi Dou, which follows the flow of Higashiyama culture. There are various techniques for lacquer work, but it is the lacquer work from Nikugoken that brings out this elegance. This is a combination of two techniques: lacquer lacquer, gold powder, and then lacquer and charcoal polishing to create a three-dimensional effect. Kanazawa lacquer ware is supported by Kaga lacquer ware with such advanced techniques, which have the same height and are finely sharpened to give a sense of perspective depending on the design.

"Our customers often order lacquer ware, for example, then they want a lacquer ware, then ... Kanazawa lacquer ware, the charm of Kaga lacquer ware, is what makes you want to customize it one by one, "says Kaga lacquer artist Kazumitsu Kiyose. Half of the work requests are made by Mr. Kiyose, who has an enthusiastic fan of customers who are users, not contractors, but he is not a writer, he is a craftsman. "There is nothing new about the design. There is a father's design, his master's design, and the traditional designs that have been accumulated since the time of the road. That is the basis." He said that it was his job to protect the mainstream of Kaga lacquer ware and to convey it to the followers. He proposed to apply lacquer ware to materials other than lacquer ware such as ivory, tortoiseshell, and glass, and commercialized it. This is to enhance the technical capabilities of Kaga Makie and expand the possibilities. And it leads to improving the quality of Kanazawa lacquer ware.

Kiyose Kazumitsu  (susumu)

Born in Kanazawa as the eldest son of Kazumitsu Kiyose, the first lacquer artist.

After graduating from Ishikawa Technical Senior High School, he got a job in Osaka. He quit his job and he returned to Kanazawa to enter the world of lacquer work. He trained under his first generation and was trained as a craftsman in a more demanding and uncompromising work than his younger disciples because of his father and son.

Aiming to create gorgeous and profound works that have continued since the Edo period, he inherited the spirit of his father who continued to protect the craftsmanship and heart, and succeeded to correctly convey the tradition of Kaga lacquer work to the times. I am working hard every day to train myself and to pursue old-fashioned techniques.


1942 Born as the eldest son of Kazumitsu Kiyose

1995 Japanese Traditional Craftsman (certified by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry)

2004 Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Chubu Bureau Director Award

Japan Laquer Ware Commerce and Industry Cooperative Director's Award at the 2005 National Laquer Ware Exhibition

2006 Ishikawa Governor's Commendation

2007 Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award

2009 Award for Distinguished Service from the Japan Traditional Craftsmen Association

He is commended by the Ishikawa Prefectural Traditional Industry Council as a technical incentive and a traditional industry meritorious person.

He receives a meritorious award from the Kanazawa Laquer Ware Commerce and Industry Cooperative

Received Ishikawa Governor's Award, Kanazawa Municipal Award, Kanazawa City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman's Award, Ishikawa Traditional Industry Council Chairman's Award, Ishikawa Design Association Chairman's Award, etc. from the Kanazawa Lacquerware Commerce and Industry Cooperative Exhibition

Kanazawa Laquer Ware Commerce and Industry Cooperative Affiliation

who pioneered Kanazawa's lacquer art culture and spread its name to the world. Today, his genealogy continues to be preserved in order to carry on that tradition. Kaga lacquer ware is a place where you can feel a tradition that is different from Kyoto, which makes you feel somehow simple while being glittering.

Currently, it is Susumu that the name of the lacquer artist Kazumitsu Kiyose is inherited. He was born as the eldest son of the first Ikko, but decided to get a job in Osaka. In his life, he came to think that it was meaningful to value his genealogy and returned home. He decided to study under his father in Kanazawa in 1975. Since he had been watching his father's work since he was a child, his sense has already been refined and he will gradually acquire his abilities. After 11 years, he was named the second generation, Kazumitsu Kiyose. After his name, he continued to study to spread the name. As a result, he was awarded a traditional craftsman certified by the Minister of International Trade and Industry, and has grown into a craftsman who competes for the first and second place in Japanese lacquer art.

Currently, in order to further spread Kanazawa's lacquer art culture, he concurrently serves as Vice Chairman of the Kanazawa Lacquerware Commerce and Industry Cooperative Association and Vice Chairman of the Ishikawa Prefecture Traditional Craftsmen Association. He is also committed to nurturing the younger generation. A major feature of Kanazawa's lacquer art is its gorgeousness. The splendid and graceful Kaga lacquer work from Igarashi Maki-e, which follows the flow of Higashiyama culture, is a very rigorous and daunting task in which multiple paintings and processes are repeated from the design to the product. There is no novelty in the design, and the attitude of continuing to keep the tradition. That is also the commitment of lacquer artist Kazumitsu Kiyose. Maki-e artist Kazumitsu Kiyose has many fans in the industry, but it is also characterized by the fact that there are many individuals. It's no wonder he's got tremendous support from people who know real lacquer art. Of course, he proposes to apply lacquer ware to materials other than lacquer ware such as ivory, tortoiseshell, and glass, and he is always on the cutting edge. Kazumitsu Kiyose is one of the writers who is in high demand for purchasing tea utensils.

Kaga Maki‐e

Maki-e is a process of painting with gold, silver, and mother-of-pearl on the surface of lacquerware. Kaga Maki-e developed not as a local industry but as an art patronized by provincial lords. Therefore, it has never been mass produced; each piece is delicately handcrafted and unique. Kaga Maki-e is artwork esteemed for its high degree of refinement and beauty.

Process of Gold Lacquer Painting

1. The design painted with lacquer on paper is rubbed on the article and thus transferred onto it.
2. Then the delicate and intricate parts of the original design are traced over with lacquer juice and pure gold dust is sprinkled over sticky lacquer juice to make the design in gold.
3. After this process, the transparent lacquer juice is rubbed into gold dust to seal the design.
4. The final finish is given by polishing the whole surface with powdered deer-horn mixed with a small quantity of vegetable oil.