Kuroda Tatsuaki (黒田辰秋)

Tatsuaki KURODA (September 21, 1904 - June 4, 1982) was a Japanese lacquer artist and wood worker. He was born in Kyoto Prefecture.

He was famous for fine wood working, such as Kurimono (hollowed out objects) and Sashimono (traditional wood crafts using no metal nails), and fine Japanese lacquer art, such as Kanshitsu (a technique of applying lacquer repeatedly to the core that is made of hemp) and Raden (a technique in which materials such as mother-of-pearl are cut into a design and then applied to an object covered with lacquer).

Brief Personal History

1904: Tatsuaki KURODA was born as the son of Japanese lacquer artist Kamekichi KURODA. 1924: KURODA was impressed with Kanjiro KAWAI's speech and became a member of the Mingei (folk crafts) movement lead by people such as KAWAI and Soetsu YANAGI. 1929: KURODA founded the Kamigamo-mingeikyodan (an experimental folk craft workshop). 1934: KURODA'S first personal exhibition was held. 1966: KURODA 's wiped lacquer artworks, such as a display shelf, door decoration, a chair, and a table, were delivered to the new Royal Palace building. April 25, 1970: KURODA was designated as an important intangible cultural property holder of 'wood working' (a living national treasure). 1982: KURODA died.

Organizations to which KURODA belonged

Japan folk crafts association
Kokugakai
Nihon Kogeikai