Kenji Takenaka has a career of becoming a disciple of Isesaki (national treasure of the human being) after transferring from being a jewelry designer. In the traditional ground, we explore the material from all angles while exploring new possibilities, and repeat the test firing in the Ana kiln countless times. Behind the novel and subtle modeling sensation, there was a bold spirit of challenge and detailed data. I am particular about Bizen and return to the primitive work that is the origin of it...Kenji Takenaka's Bizen style that is nurtured from there is an eye-opener.
1957 He was born in Okayama city.
1988 He studied under Jun Isezaki who was designated as Living National Treasure. He received a prize in the Issuikai exhibition.
1989 He received a prize in the molding exhibition of the tea ceremony at the Tanabe Museum of Art. (After that he was awarded the prize 4 more times.) He received a prize in the Asahi ceramic art exhibition. He received the Encouragement Prize in the Okayama art exhibition. (After that he was awarded the Encouragement Prize 2 more times.) He received a Sanyo Newspaper Publisher Prize in the Japanese Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition in the Chugoku Area.
1990 He received a Prize of Prefecture in Okayama art exhibition. (After that he was awarded the Prize of Prefecture 2 more times.) He received a prize in the Japanese Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition at Chugoku Area. (After that he was awarded the prize 5 more times.)
1991 He received a prize in Okayama art exhibition. (After that he was awarded the prize 6 more times.) He publicly received a prize in Yakishime Pottery exhibitions.
1993 He make hole and semi-underground type kiln in Kibi chuo-cho, Okayama.
1994 Fired kiln for the first time.
Many other private exhibitions are held in various regions and winner of many competions until 2020
How did you become a Bizen article artist?
When I was a jewelry designer, I was fascinated by Bizen himself in the process of searching for Bizen items looking for suggestions such as "Can I make jewelry using soil?"
When I was a kid, I didn't like simple Bizen items. However, touching on a number of modern forms, I felt that "Is there a vision of a similar world in Bizen's articles? It would be interesting to create traditional craftsmanship". I entered.
Instead of selecting the ears (the names), select the eyes (the works).
Now that I have gained a lot of experience while looking down on Bizen articles and can technically do what I want to do, I find it much more fun. I want to express everything that can be expressed in the soil so that viewers can impress something exciting.
from now on Bizen ware is universal. While I use Bizen ware as a base, I want to absorb various things and express my world. In the past, there were many acute and aggressive works, but in the future I would like to create works that were comfortable to look at and heal.
There is humidity in Japanese culture, such as the world of "wabi-sabi" and delicate sensitivity. Bizen ware is the same, with a humid atmosphere. However, I want you to feel the unique worldview that earthy smell is modern.
From the initial "K".