In 2014, Imaizumi Imaemon XIV received the ultimate distinction as the youngest artist in Japan at the age of 51 to be designated a Living National Treasure. Iro-Nabeshima, a Polychrome, enamel painted porcelain, was developed during the Edo period (1615-1868) under the support of the Nabeshima domain in the current-day Saga prefecture. Highly praised for the meticulous enamel designs with both Asian and Western motifs, Nabeshima ware has been one of the most celebrated porcelains in Japan and abroad.

Imaizumi Imaemon became the 14th generation head of this lineage after studying traditional metalwork in college and working in the product design industry. Among the artist’s signature techniques is sumi-hajiki, a dyeing process that takes advantage of the repellent nature of sumi ink by creating patterns on white porcelain prior to firing. Imaizumi’s personality emerges in the combination of both classical motifs (plum and hydrangea) and modern designs (snowflakes). In 2009, he received the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan.


Selected Exhibitions:
2013-2018: Aisa Week, New York, US
2018: Iromabeshima of Imaemon, Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
2017: 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan
2016: Creating Hadicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition, Wako, Tokyo, Japan
2014: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US
Japan from Prehistory to the Present, British Museum, London, UK
2013: Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, US
2012: Japan: Land of Enchantments, Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy
2007: Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, British Museum, London, UK.