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Michitada Funaki

Japanese, (1900–1963)
Michitada Funaki was born in Fujina (now Tamayu Town), Shimane Prefecture, Japan. He was born into a family that runs the Funaki Heibei Kiln, a Fujina ware kiln. After studying Western-style painting at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, he returned home to take over the family business and became a potter. In the early Showa period (1926-1989), he participated in Yanagi Soetsu’s folk art movement, and was inspired by Hamada Shoji and Bernard Leach. He aspired to revive Fujina pottery, which was in decline, and produced a number of works that incorporated the techniques of medieval English pottery into his own traditional techniques, which were well received. He also contributed to the development of crafts in Shimane Prefecture by acting as a bridge between Shimane and the central art world. In 1935, he became a member of the Kokuga-kai and in 1962 he was certified as a holder of Fujina-yaki techniques, an intangible cultural asset of the prefecture.

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