THE SUCCESSOR OF KAKIEMON

by 13 Noviembre 2012

No me gusta poner trailers y que nos quedemos con las ganas de verlo YA todo entero! Aun así, vale mucho la pena.

Cuatro siglos de antigüedad y aun conservan a día de hoy, con todo lo que han pasado en Japón, una producción totalmente artesanal empezada durante el siglo 17 por el ceramista Sakaida Kakiemon. Pura magia.

How does one take over a company that is four centuries old and has been run by one’s father, his father’s father and so on. Here is the unique story of such a time capsule where we witness how a modern-day Japanese family that has transformed everyday pottery into the world famous mythical Kakiemon porcelain and preserves its traditions, now passes on the leadership to their only son. Is he up to the task that lies ahead? What’s at stake if this successor does not succeed?

Kakiemon, one of the most refined types of porcelain, was developed in the 17th century by ceramist Sakaida Kakiemon. Today, the production, entirely handmade and handpainted is still owned by his direct descendants. Keeping this tradition alive is more than just reproducing craft. It is somewhat a statement against modernity end massproduction. After periods of isolation and expansion, wars, nuclear bombs and now a devastating earthquake, this Japanese family is clinging to tradition – no matter how fragile it is.

vía Submarine

Posted by 13 Noviembre 2012 Cerámica Documental