Special Gallery: Matsui Kosei and the art of Neriage

2019.09.27(Fri) - 2019.10.28(Mon)


Nagano-born Matsui Kosei (1927–2003) had his kiln at the Gessouji temple in Ibaraki prefecture. Through his exploration into a wide range of classic potteries of China, Korea and Japan, he became enchanted with agateware to mix clays of different colors and throw it to make varying patterns, a technique known in Japan as “neriage.” He was dedicated to exploring various colorants and glazes, through which he created new methods. He became recognized as a living national treasure in 1993 for his achievements and contributions.
The exhibition showcases his innovative methods and sophisticated work through the museum collection. Discover the world of neriage pottery where colors add to the beauty of decorative earthenware.

1927      Born in Nagano prefecture.
1946      Apprenticed at Okuda Pottery Factory near the Gessouji temple, Ibaraki.
1952      Graduated from Meiji University, reading literature.
1960      Opened his kiln in the precinct of the Gessouji temple, starting to explore the neriage technique.
1968      Trained with potter Tamura Koichi.
1971      Grand prix at the 18th Japan Traditional Art Exhibition, Japan Kôgei Association.
1973      Grand prize of excellence at the 2nd Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition.
1975      NHK Prize at the 22nd Japan Traditional Art Exhibition.
1988      Decorated with a medal of honor with a purple ribbon by the Government of Japan.
1990      Senior director of the Japan Kôgei Association.
1991      Grand prix at the 4th Okada Mokichi Award, MOA Museum of Art
1993      Recognized as a designated preserver of important intangible cultural properties of Japan as an artisan of neriage technique.


Jar in Shoretsu on Nariage Clay    Dated 1980


Square Jar with Tsuiji Design     Dated 1983


Large Jar in Neriage, applied with Seihaku     Dated 1989


Jar with Seihaku in Neriage     Dated 1989


Porcelain Box in Neriage with Bouquet Design     Dated 1991