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Potter   Saichi Matsumoto   Kutani Ware
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1. 1952 “Iroeyoomon Kazarizara” the first time winning at Nitten
He particularly focused on Iroe (multi coloured over the glaze), Kutani Ware’s main feature, on this plate.
On the white plate he painted the green fig leaf majestically in the centre and applied the same green with gold touch on the frame.
This particular green was born in the research at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry’s national ceramic testing centre. Much more than the old Kutani colours, this new green vividly stands out. It was one step closer towards “New Kutani”.

The 8th Nitten property of Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
2. 1972 Ceramic Wall “Ganshoo ni mau”
Matsumoto expressed the dynamistic rocks using 3 different thicknesses, with the white birds flying over, which created the lively effect.
The irabo glaze and the iron glaze were employed for the shore reef, and the vertical and horizontal pattern created the realistic rock appearance with various brown colours.
On the other hand, the sky had a tranquil feature, made by cream-coloured small ceramic pieces lined horizontally. As for the birds the white glaze was applied and their bold black outline emphasised their rhythmical movement, and also brought the whole picture together.
It is a particularly dynamic work; the whole ceramic was fired in Hon-gama in order to unite the colour tones.

Ishikawa general construction centre, Yayoi, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa prefecture
3. 1972 Commissioned to make “The commemorative cup to celebrate the Japan-China Peace and Friendship Treaty”
In 1972 these cups were held by both Japanese prime minister, Tanaka, and Chinese prime minister, Zhou Enlai, at the party to celebrate the Japan-China Peace and Friendship Treaty.
(29/09/1972 Asahi Newspaper)

 “Commemorative Cup”
4. 1982 Ceramic Wall “Sosei”
This work consists of three panels that compose each geometric pattern, which Matsumoto used the circle, triangle and square shapes, in the intention to resemble “the cosmos”.
The background is all made by “Neri Komi” technique and fired by “Hon gama”, the different thicknesses create solidity.

Kanazawa Bunka Hall, Takaoka town, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa prefecture
5. 1988 “Hyakka Ryoran”
In order to fit JR Kanazawa Station’s face, Matsumoto created the ceramic wall art that reflected the culture of Kaga clan castle town with the regional four-season flowers.
Camellia, narcissus, iris, hydrangea, azalea, water lily and bellflower, seven kinds of flower were arranged with the beautiful roof tiles. It has also Kasumiga ike pond’s lantern and gate in the centre, which are seen locally at the cultural property garden, Kenroku en.
He used “Kutani Iroe” for the flowers, and the ceramic pieces fired by “Hon gama” for others, completing “City of Forest” that has glamour and a lot of dept within.
It took him a serious consideration to feature “the culture of Kanazawa” matching the neighbour surroundings.

JR Kanazawa Station, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa prefecture
6. 1988 Ceramic Wall “Kachoo Fugetsu”
The running water is created by the Old Kutani geometrical pattern “Ishidatami-mon”, the inside of fans that are spread on water has the abstract composition.
The balance of the curves and straight lines is creating the unique beauty.

The same year Ceramic Wall “Ryusui”

The hotel’s indoor pool wall has the shades of blue to express the whirl water. The design movement is large and dynamic.

Hotel Zuiho, Sendai city, Miyagi prefecture</font>
7. 1992 “Ishikawa National Athletic Meet Torch Stand”
No one wanted this project but Matsumoto.
It started with designing the kiln that fitted the torch stand halved that was 2m70cm tall, and followed the research of the types of clay that withstood to over 1000 degrees Celsius for a week firing. With co-operation of kiln maker, Tamotsu Tamaki, the kiln was made with full of bland new technologies that allowed to load the kiln without man-handling and maintain the same temperature from top to bottom, left and right and front and back.
①. Matsumoto finalised the design based on the ancient straw-rope patterned pottery in Jomon Era, which had been unearthed in Noto town in Ishikawa prefecture.
②. The kiln and workspace that were newly designed and produced for the 2m70cm’s enormous piece.
8. 1999 “Zero and Infinity”
“Zero and Infinity” describes Fujita Academy’s spirit.
The actual design of Zero and Infinity were incorporated with flower pattern and silver glaze, the diamond shaped background was used “Iroe”.
The surroundings’ vertical lines consisted of ceramic tiles used colour glaze and fired by a high temperature.
To stand out “Zero” and “Infinity”, Matsumoto balanced out the vertical and horizontal lines. Also he put an effort to create “hand-made” feel.

Fujita Academy building, Toyoaki city, Aichi

9. 2000 Ceramic Panel “Sosei”
Rising power from chaos.
Matsumoto has worked “Sosei” (creation/birth) series in the recent years.
This is a collage art of ceramic panels, which employed silver and gold, and Kutani green as impressed marks.
It seems like we can expect a new energy rising amongst chaos.
In fact, Matsumoto had a traffic accident in the last autumn and has recovered miraculously.
I cannot help but think this word “Sosei” has the symbolic meaning that he challenges himself “come-back”.
From Kitaguni Shinbun newspaper, 09/06/2000
10. 2003 “Meeting with Sir David Rockefeller”
Sir Rockefeller has visited Matsumoto Studio in April, 2003.
It was after he was very impressed by my tea cup he had seen at Asada-ya in Kanazawa, and sought hastily to meet with the creator.
Sir Rockefeller seemed so captivated in the visit to my Studio that he cancelled the afternoon schedule and looked enthusiastically from one work to the other.
Last year I received his memoir book sent by him and was very touched by his impressive life he led. Saichi Matumoto

On 5th of November 2007, I was invited to his memoir book publishing party at Hotel Okura, and we had a very good time.

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