Inoue Kumeko

  • Dolls
  • 1952 -
Inoue Kumeko

I make dolls formed with toso over wooden core and covered with paper. I carve paulownia wood to roughly form the base and adjust the form with toso (mixture of paulownia sawdust and paste), apply layers of whitewash, and finish by applying Japanese paper.
I was taught by my master Imanishi that "you can cut later, so try to make the head and body with one piece of wood". I always keep my master's warm style in my mind and try to make my original dolls.

Membership Associate member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 2005 Studied under Toshiko Imanishi
    Started making dolls formed with toso
  • 2011 Selected for the Kinki Traditional Kōgei Exhibition for the first time
  • 2015 Selected for the Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition for the first time (2016, 2017)
    Becomes Associate Member of the Japan Kōgei Association
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