Learn more about Seikatsu Kogei and Ryuji Mitani’s practice

Deepen your understanding and appreciation of Seikatsu Kogei, or “lifestyle crafts” in this interview with Seikatsu Kogei artist Ryuji Mitani conducted by Tadaomi Yamamoto (Gallery yamahon).

Ryuji Mitani will provide his perspective on Seikatsu Kogei, background on his works in the Seikatsu Kogei: Objects for Intentional Living exhibition and the beauty of everyday life that informs his practice. After the interview, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

About Ryuji Mitani

Woodworker Ryuji Mitani has long been an active promoter of the link between living and crafts, patiently communicating that message through products, exhibitions, and writings.

Born 1952 in Fukui City, Mitani established PERSONA STUDIO in Matsumoto City in 1981, where he makes bowls and other utensils for everyday use out of wood instead of ceramic. This opened up a new field for woodworking, which up until that point had focused mainly around furniture. In addition, Mitani adds white lacquer to traditional red and black lacquers, creating lacquerware befitting contemporary lifestyle and produces paintings and sculptural works with a familiar, intimate feel inspired by everyday life.

Mitani participates in a number of activities that link lifestyle crafts with everyday life and has been involved in running the Crafts Fair Matsumoto in Matsumoto City from the time of its inception in 1985.

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