This is a Kutani cup with a pattern called “Hide and Seek” made by a mid-career Kutani ware artist, Yoko Hasatani. This pattern was created and named by Hasatani. One tiny butterfly is hiding in the pattern. (Please see the pictures #1, 2, 4 and 6.)
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Diameter: 2.2 inches / 57 mm
Height: 2.4 inches / 60 mm
Weight: 2.6 oz / 74 g
After obtaining the ceramic cup from Kyoto, Hasatani processed it as follows: paint Hide and Seek pattern in red using a thin paintbrush and fire the cup at 650 degrees Celsius, and paint pattern in gold and fire it at 650 degrees Celsius.
Hasatani likes to investigate old textile patterns and creates original patterns for her ceramic works.
Yoko Hasatani graduated from the Ishikawa Prefectural Kutani Ware Technical Training Institute in 2007. She was apprenticed to Buzan Fukushima, a prominent artist specializing in Kutani’s detailed painting by hand (called Saibyo in Japanese). She remains a pupil of Fukushima. She was certified as a Traditional Craftsman by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2018. She has held exhibitions regularly in Tokyo and Kanazawa.
She won the highest award at the Hokkoku Female Artists’ Exhibition in 2011, the Encouragement Prize at the Traditional Kutani Ware Exhibition in 2013, the Promotion Award at the National Traditional Craft Exhibition sponsored by the Association of Craft Industry in 2013, the President Award at the National Traditional Craft Exhibition sponsored by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2018, the Ishikawa Prefectural Traditional Industry’s Excellent Craftsman Award in 2018, and Kanazawa City’s Manufacturing Japan Encouragement Prize in 2018.