Ki-Chu New York introduces Kufumi Kawamura’s ceramics of Kichu-yo from Kamakura City where is the birthplace (13th century) of Japanese Zen. Large ceramic art pieces are displayed at the windows, and also specially created sake cups will be used at the counter seats.
Ceramic Artist, Kifumi Kawamura was born in Toyota City, Aichi, Japan in 1959. The Kawamura family originally comes from Kyoto, and they have worked as ceramic artists for over one hundred years. Kifumi’s grandfather, Kitaro, had inherited the traditional climbing kiln in Kamakura, which once belonged to one of the most famous ceramic artists, Kitaoji Rosanjin. Kifumi took it over from his father, Matajiro, and works at the historic kiln.
Kifumi was trained under Matajiro, and also studied sculpture in Nihon University College of Art. He is very particular about using clay from Sanage of Aichi prefecture, which has been inherited from Kitaro. Sanage clay is very different from other clay on the market. The clay is not easy to handle, and it is difficult to complete works as planned. However, Kifumi is very intrigued by the power of the clay, and aims to get the most out of the clay’s characteristics to create unexpected beautiful pieces. He holds solo exhibitions at various galleries, such as Takashimaya Galleries in Tokyo, Kyoto, Yokohama and Sendai.
Kichuyo is a traditional climbing kiln, located in Kamakura where is the birthplace (13th century) city of Japanese Zen. The kiln once belonged to one of the most famous ceramic artists Rosanjin Kitaoji. After Rosanjin died, the ceramic artist Kitaro Kawamura inherited the kiln by arrangement of the Zen master Daiki Tachibana of Daitokuji, which is a Buddhist temple located in Kyoto. Kawamura family has been creating the finest ceramic works there for three generations; since then, Kitaro’s grandson Kifumi Kawamura, is currently making beautiful pieces at Kichuyo. Their works are in private and public collections in Japan and Italy.
Kumiko Jitsukawa is a founder of Ki-Chu New York. Kumiko had studied at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and also New York School of Interior Design in NYC. She was trained as a designer and previously worked at the world renowned lighting design firm, L’Observatoire International. Kumiko has overseen various high-profile projects such as Jean-George Vongerichten’s restaurant “Jean-Georges”, “Shibui Spa” of Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel, and one of the most luxury apartments in NYC.
Before moving to NYC, she learned traditional Japanese Kaiseki cuisine in Kamakura, Japan with Mrs. Hiroko Kawamura, mother of Kifumi Kawamura. Kichuyo* kiln is the one adjacent to their home, where the Karamura family creates ceramics. Kumiko had learned not only the art of cooking exquisite cuisine, but also how to arrange it using the finest tableware. Combining all her experiences, Kumiko curates Japanese traditional pieces with her aesthetic sense to bring them into everyday life in NYC.