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Nomi City and Komatsu City in Ishikawa Prefecture jointly held an event to convey the charm of Kutani ware “Kutani Ware Art Festival KUTANism”. Under the theme of “Traveling through production areas,” various programs are implemented.

The Executive Committee of Kuntanism (Secretariat: Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Chairperson: Toshiro Ide, General Supervision: Yushi Akimoto) will hold the art festival “KUTANism” to disseminate the charm of the traditional craft “Kutani ware” that Ishikawa Prefecture is proud of, from October 15 (Sat) to December 11 (Sun), 2022, in Nomi City and Komatsu City, which are the production areas of Kutani ware. KUTANism, which began in 2019, is now in its fourth year. This year, under the theme of “Traveling through production areas,” we will deliver a variety of programs to see, know, and visit the colorful pottery “Kutani ware.”

Outline of the event
Name: Kutani pottery art festival KUTANism
Theme: Traveling through the production areas.
Venue: Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Komatsu City
Period: October 15 (Sat) ~ December 11 (Sun), 2022
Organizer: Kutanism Executive Committee
Co-organizers: Nomi City, Komatsu City
Cooperation: Ishikawa Prefecture Kutani Kiln Former Industrial Cooperative, Ishikawa Prefectural Ceramics Commerce and Industry Cooperative, Kutani Uee Cooperative, Kutani Ware Complex Cooperative, Komatsu University Public Komatsu University, Komatsu KUTANI Future Shape, Komatsu Kutani Industrial Cooperative
Supported by: Kitakuni Shimbun Certified NPO Koto Kanazawa
Official website:


  • Highlights (1) See Kutani ware

Exhibitions were held at two locations in Nomi City and Komatsu City. At the exhibition “Master Craftsmen Selection “NEXT Kutani vol.IV.” exhibition held at the Gosaikan || Kutani Ware Museum of Art, KAM Nomi City, 46 artists will participate under the theme of “Individuality Creation”. In addition, at the “Kutani Tools Exhibition” held at Kutani Ceramic Laboratory (Komatsu City), we will introduce various tools used by actual craftsmen and artists along with the process, with “tools” indispensable in the process of making Kutani pottery as the protagonists. Mutual discounts for both exhibitions will also be offered. Present one of the admission ticket stubs and you’ll get a discount on the other exhibition.

The photo shows the 2021 exhibition.The photo shows the 2021 exhibition.

【Nomi Venue】Exhibition of works of Kutani ware “Meiko Selection “NEXT Kutani vol.IV” exhibition”


Curator: KAM Nomi City Kutani Ware Museum |Gosaikan| Director Shinichi Nakaya

Exhibiting Artists: Shiho Aikawa, Kazuka Asazo, Masako Inoue, Tomomi Imagawa, Shinya Uebata, Chizu Oiwa, Miki Okahara, Emi Oda, Hideaki Katsuto, Yuko Kawashima, Rieko Kawabata, Mamoru Kawamoto, Takayuki Motome, Shigeru Sawano, Yukika Shibata, Yoshio Shimada, Yoko Suzuki, Satoshi Taka, Maho Takada, Tomoe Takeuchi, Ruri Takeuchi, Ayako Takewata, Yukari Nakagawa, Nishikitama Nakata, Masami Nakata, Mamoru Nakatani, Yukio Nishi, Mika Nishino, Saki Hiroi, Emi Hirose, Reiko Fukushima, Chihiro Fujisaki, Daisuke Funaki, Tomomi Parki, Kosuke Mizutaka, Kyoka Minami, Tomomi Miyamoto, Yohi Muta, Michi Muramatsu (Michihiro), Ami Mori, Aoya Yamagishi, Daiki Yamazaki, Yasushi Yamachika, Tomoko Yamamoto, Junko Yoshida, Shigeru Yoshimura (in alphabetical order)

Venue: KAM Nomi-shi Kutani-yaki Art Museum |Gosaikan| (56 Minami, Izumidai-cho, Nomi-shi, Ishikawa)
Period: October 15 (Sat) ~ December 11 (Sun), 2022
Time: 9: 00 ~ 17: 00 (Admission until 16: 30)
Admission: Adults 430 yen (370 yen for groups of 20 or more), 320 yen for 75 years old and over, Free for high school students and under
* One person with a disability and one caregiver are free of charge.
Closed: Every Monday


About KAM Nomi City Kutani Ware Museum /
| Gosaikan | to learn the history of Kutani, Nishiro Asazo, a potter from the local area
The |Asakura Igayoshi Memorial Hall, which exhibits Igayoshi’s representative works, || the | Experience Hall where you can easily experience Kutani pottery, and the |Craftsmanship Workshop| where you can observe the activities of budding artists, are collectively named “KAM Nomi City Kutani Ware Museum”. KAM is the acronym for The Kutaniporcelain Art Museum.

【Komatsu Venue】Kutani pottery’s Uragawa exhibition “Kutani’s Tools Exhibition”

Venue: Kutani Ceramic Laboratory (91 Wakasugi-cho, Komatsu-shi, Ishikawa)
Period: October 15 (Sat) ~ December 11 (Sun), 2022
Time: 10: 00 ~ 17: 00 (Admission until 16: 30)
Admission: Adults 300 yen, Students (high school students and younger) 150 yen *Free for persons with disabilities and one caregiver
Closed: Every Wednesday

About Kutani Ceramic Laboratory (commonly known as CERABO KUTANI)
Born in 2019, it is a complex type of Kutani pottery cultural facility that combines a clay factory, a gallery, a trial workshop, a rental workshop, and an outer soil room. A clay mill that manufactures porcelain clay indispensable for making Kutani ware for more than 60 years is in operation in the facility. From the crushing of Hanasaka pottery to the completion of the clay clay, it is possible to observe up close the process of manufacturing high-quality porcelain clay. It also has a gallery space, a hands-on workshop, and a rental workshop.


  • Highlights (2) Touring Kutani ware

Since exhibitions will be held in both Nomi City and Komatsu City, we will propose travel plans and conduct model courses and stamp rallies to connect the venues in order to have more people visit the production area. This time, in order to widely publicize the charm of the production area of Kutani pottery, we have prepared three plans.

■KUTANism’s original itinerary

The image is a landscape in 2019.The image is a landscape in 2019.

See Kutani ware and know the local area “KUTANism Original Set Plan”.
Two exhibitions + KUTANism’s original travel plan that allows you to experience being taught painting directly from the artist is available. Details such as itinerary and price will be announced at any time on the KUTANism official site “GUIDED TOUR”.

■ Recommended course by popular photo writer
Kana Tsuchiya (Instagram@kaaaana_stagram), a popular photo writer who is transmitting women’s travel in Ishikawa Prefecture,
Produced a model course that tours recommended spots in Nomi City and Komatsu City. The created course will be published on Tsuchiya’s Instagram and KUTANism’s official account, and will also be introduced on the official website of KUTANism.

Kana TsuchiyaKana Tsuchiya

Kana Tsuchiya /
He is a writer, photographer, director, PR and other freelance activists. He studied tourism in college and awakened to the joy of transmitting travel from there. Currently, based in Kanazawa, she mainly disseminates information on women’s travel in Ishikawa Prefecture mainly on Instagram. Ishikawa Tourism Special Envoy.

■Stamp rally

Touring the exhibition and the surrounding “Maimonkoro” (delicious shops),
Held a stamp rally using the LINE app. To those who collected stamps,
We will present Kutani ware goods.


  • Highlights (3) Know Kutani ware

Until now, we have invited Kutani ware artists and exhibition curators to hold talk shows and dialogues that deepen the understanding of Kutani ware. This year, in order to make more people feel closer to the charm of Kutani pottery, we will hold a symposium that is more fun and easy to understand than before, and a talk show that delves into the production area that is the soil of Kutani pottery.
* Detailed information will be released on the KUTANism official website and official SNS from time to time.

The image is of 2019.The image is of 2019.

Symposium on Turnanism
Date & Time: October 16 (Sun) 13:30~15:00


Venue: Negami Bunka Kaikan Music Hall (118 Nu, Taisei-cho, Nomi-shi, Ishikawa)
How to participate: No application required, free admission
* In conjunction with the symposium, painting etc. in the circular hall of the same facility
Scheduled to hold a Kutani pottery experience event


The image is of 2019.The image is of 2019.

Let’s talk about it today. “Talk Show”
Venue: Kutani Ceramic Laboratory (91 Wakasugi-cho, Komatsu-shi, Ishikawa)
How to participate: Apply from the KUTANism official website “NEWS”


  • Related Events “Eat” and “Experience”

In connection with “Touring Kutani Pottery,” during the exhibition period, there will be events to taste gourmets, events to familiarize yourself with the Utsuwa of Kutani ware, and workshops to experience shaping and painting at the exhibition facility and surrounding facilities.



Street food stall style, gourmet venue “Kutani Yokocho”

Held to coincide with the implementation of the “Autumn Teacup Festival”. Gourmet dishes such as Japanese and Western restaurants and sweets shops are served on paper plates with Kutani pottery patterns.
Date & Time: Oct. 15 (Sat), Oct. 16 (Sun.) 10:00~17:00
Venue: Kutani Pottery Village (22 Minami, Izumidai-cho, Nomi-shi, Ishikawa)

Let’s draw Kutani ware with sweets “KUTANI BASE”
It is a participatory event that serves colorful sweets on a fresh base plate of Kutani pottery.
Date & Time: Oct. 22 (Sat), 23 (Sun.) 11:00~17:00
Venue: Kutani Ceramic Laboratory (91 Wakasugi-cho, Komatsu-shi, Ishikawa)


Universal tea ceremony to enjoy dialogue “◯△ □ (Maru・Sankaku・Shikaku) Tea Party”

This is a collaborative event with the “Universal Design Ishikawa” that aims to spread universal design rooted in the regional characteristics of Hokuriku Prefecture. Welcoming Mr. Yohi Muta, a Kutani pottery artist living in Nomi City, as a lecturer, we will hold a tea ceremony using “universal tea bowls” created with people with disabilities. Participants will look at the teacup, touch it and choose it, have a matcha tea with their favorite bowl, and enjoy a dialogue with the navigator to explain the reason for choosing the teacup and connect the thoughts of the maker.

Date & Time: November 20 (Sun) Exhibition 13: 00 ~ 18: 00 ※ Free of charge
Tea table is (1) 13: 30 ~ (2) 15: 30 ~ (3) 16: 30 ~ All 3 times * Attendance is required at least 30 minutes in advance
Voiced by: Muneaki Kawasaki (Omote Senke)
Navigator: Toshiharu Arai (President, Universal Design Ishikawa)
Yohi Muta (Kutani pottery artist)
Venue: Wellness House SARAI (147-1 Ishiko-cho, Nomi-shi, Ishikawa)
Tea ceremony participation fee: 1,000 yen
How to participate: Apply from the KUTANism official website “NEWS”

Forming and painting, making in 2 courses “Ishikawa Children’s Craft Club Workshop”

Painting experience “Let’s play with KUTANI SEAL”
Date & Time: Nov 26 (Sat) (1) 10:00~11:30 (2)13:30~15:00
Lecturer: Mitsuko Shimazaki (KUTANI SEAL)
Venue: KAM Nomi City Kutani Ware Museum |Experience Hall|
Capacity: 20 people each time
Target: High school students (18 years old) or younger, or with parents and children
Participation fee: 3,000 yen *Including firing, shipping fee not included
How to participate: Apply from the KUTANism official website “NEWS”

Shape making experience “Challenge to call good fortune / Invitation cat mold making!”
Date & Time: November 27 (Sun) (1) 10:00~11:30 (2)13:30~15:00
Lecturer: Lord Ogasawara
Venue: Kutani Ceramic Laboratory
Capacity: 10 people each time
Target: Junior high school students and above, high school students (18 years old) or younger, or with parents and children
Participation fee: 3,000 yen *Including firing, shipping fee not included
How to participate: Apply from the KUTANism official website “NEWS”


  • What is Kutani ware?

From From “Library” in 2020

With a history of more than 360 years, Kutani ware is a color painting ceramic that represents Japan. The biggest feature is the ornate “top painting”, and the color painting decoration by the “Five Colors Hand” (commonly known as Kutani Gosai) of red, yellow, green, purple, and navy blue is particularly well known. In addition, various styles have been devised, such as “Akae Saibi” (red painting fine drawing), which makes extensive use of fine writing with red paint, “Kinrande”, which paints a bowl mainly painted with red and filled with gold only colors, and “Aochibu”, which depicts a dense collection of green fine spots on top of the ground color.

  • About Nomi City and Komatsu City

From From “Library” in 2020

The cities of Nomi and Komatsu are located in the southern part of Ishikawa Prefecture, in the Minami-Kaga area. In addition to Komatsu Airport, which is the main airport of Ishikawa Prefecture, the Hokuriku Shinkansen is scheduled to open the entire line in the prefecture in the spring of 2024, and it is an area that is attracting more and more attention.
Nomi City is also famous as the hometown of former professional baseball player Hideki Matsui. Komatsu City is the founding location of Komatsu Manufacturing, a major construction machinery company known as “KOMATSU”. It has a rich nature, and hot springs such as Tatsuguchi Onsen and Awazu Onsen are also popular.

  • About KUTANism

KUTANism is an annual art festival that began with the aim of disseminating the traditional craft “Kutani ware” produced in Nomi City and Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The contents of the event are various, including exhibitions by a wide range of Kyushu ware artists from veterans to young people who will lead the next generation, guided tours around Nomi City and Komatsu City, production of short films on the subject of Kutani pottery, and opening an online shop where you can purchase Kutani pottery. In fiscal 2020, due to the impact of the spread of the new coronavirus infection, all programs were implemented online.

  • Dissemination of Content and Information Online

On the official website of KUTANism (, in addition to disseminating exhibition information and providing tour details, we have opened an online shop where you can purchase Kutani ware, the release of a web magazine (archive of interviews for 2020 and 2021) where general supervisor Yuji Akimoto tours the production area, and the release of video works including “People Living in Kutani” by film director Yoshitaka Mori. , We are also developing contents that can be enjoyed only online.

  • Inquiries about publication and coverage

Kutanism Executive Committee Secretariat (Noechka Co., Ltd.): Hoshino, Desaka


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