Saeko Nakano

  • Kirikane cut foil embellishing
  • 1957 -
Saeko Nakano

I produce my artwork by applying kirikane to the wooden base formed on a lathe. The wooden bases are made by my husband, Nobuhito. I don't color the wood as I use dark colored wood such as red sandalwood, mulberry, Japanese zelkova and persimmon-wood. I try to make the most of the form and original color of the wooden base. I try to make artwork that can only be made with kirikane by mixing straight and curved gold leaf and adding some movement by changing the density and amount of gold leaf.

Membership Full member, Japan Kogei Association
Manager of the Japan Kōgei Association Kinki Branch
Studio Nakano Karaki Kogei
  • 1980 Graduated from Tokyo Woman's Christian University
  • 1984 Learned kirikane at Matsuhisa Shukyogeijutsuin Kirikane Course
  • 1988 First woodwork and kirikane solo exhibition with her husband at Matsuya Ginza
  • 1991 Took part in the "kirikane" successors training course and learned from Daizo Nishide, Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property (also in 1992)
  • 2015 Woodwork / Kirikane Exhibition at Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store (also in 2018, 2021)
  • 2016 Evaluator at the Kinki Traditional Kōgei Exhibition (– 2018)
  • 2019 Evaluator and Judge at the Kinki Traditional Kōgei Exhibition (– 2022)
  • 2020 Artwork submitted to the Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition purchased by the Imperial Household Agency
  • 2021 Invited to submit to exhibition at Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum
  • Woodwork / Kirikane Exhibitions at Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, Matsuya Ginza, Daimaru (Kyoto, Shinsaibashi, Kobe, Hakata), Hankyu, Hanshin, Matsuzakaya (Nagoya, Shizuoka),Tenmaya (Okayama, Hiroshima, Kurashiki, Fukuyama) et. and other various galleries

  • 1993Received the Japan Kōgei Association Award at the Traditional Kōgei 7th Division Exhibition (current Other Crafts Traditional Kōgei Exhibition)
  • 2015Received the Shiga Board of Education Manager Award at the Kinki Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

Nakano Karaki Kogei

Address 188−2 Kadowakicho, Kyoto Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto Map
Phone 075-561-8609
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