Plates, Bowls, and a Cup: My European Tableware with Nakada Masaru’s Mark

Purpose of The Collaboration

Based in London, Brian Kennedy is an internationally active independent curator in the field of craft. Kennedy approaches craft through the lens of everyday life, engaging in wide ranging research about the place of crafts in contemporary society. His broad knowledge of the field encompasses everything from craft as art to craft as design. For this project, Kennedy took ideas from the plates, bowls, and cups that he uses daily to direct the creation of an original European tableware set in collaboration with the ceramicist Nakada Masaru. Nakada is known for his unique compositions, which feature minimalist patterns derived from traditional Kutani motifs. The patterns are created using finely carved lines filled with colored slip. From the creation of the clay forms to the final decorations, Nakada approaches every aspect of the creative process with fastidious care. In this collaboration, Kennedy—a connoisseur of tableware—contributes his vision to Nakada’s ceramics.

Brian Kennedy

Born in 1958 in Dublin, Ireland. Brian Kennedy is an independent curator working predominantly in the craft and applied art area. From 2002 to 2010, he curated a series of major exhibitions for the Crafts Council of Ireland. He has since curated numerous exhibitions and craft fairs throughout the U.K. and Europe. In 2021, he helped launch Crafting a Difference, which featured the work of 70 artists across five floors of a London townhouse.

Installation View:
Crafting a Difference, SoShiro, London, 2021
Curation: Brian Kennedy

Nakada Masaru

Ceramic artist, born in 1977. Nakada graduated from the Ishikawa Prefectural Kutani Ware Technical Training Institute in 1997. Nakada received the Bavarian States Prize at Meister der Moderne (Germany, 2014) and honorable mention at the 2017 Kikuchi Biennale. His past exhibitions include Modern Crafts and Tea Utensils: Furnishings in Each Season at the National Crafts Museum (Kanazawa, 2021).

Porcelain|Wheel thrown ceramics, sgraffito, inlay