Makimasa Imai

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I made a carp based on the Chinese story about a carp that practiced climbing waterfalls until it reached heaven and turned into a dragon.
In Japan, there is a custom of putting up carp streamers on Children’s Day in May to wish for the growth of children. With this piece,
I wanted to show the carp as it practices with the aspiration of becoming a dragon.

¥ 915,000

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W 30 × D 70 × H 24 cm
weight: about 8kg

W 11.81 × D 27.56 × H 9.44 in
weight: about 17.6 lbs
Makimasa Imai

Makimasa Imai

Makimasa Imai insists on firing his pieces in climbing kilns to create a deep, rich finish, and he travels 400 km from Kyoto to Takehara in Hiroshima Prefecture to fire. His artwork is designed to give a vivid and energetic feeling to the animals he creates, adding a feeling of vitality to the space they are displayed in.
Makimasa's father, ceramic artist Masayuki Imai, is a recipient of the Order of Cultural Merit, which is considered a high honor in Japan.