The colorful ceramic culture of Kyoto meets the darker, subdued world of Karatsu potter Jinenbo Nakagawa this week at the Tachikichi department store in Kyoto.

Kyoto porcelain and stoneware are bright and vibrant, reflecting still the bourgeois taste of Kyoto in the Edo Period. Nothing could be further across the ceramic spectrum than Nakagawa’s somber and inward oku-korai chawan (tea bowls) and other Karatsu works.

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