Kawase Shinobu 川瀬 忍 b. 1950

Born in 1950, Kawase Shinobu is a contemporary artist and potter working exclusively in the celadon medium. He descends from a long line of ceramicists, and began studying at an early age with his father. His early work adheres to the more traditional Song dynasty style of celadon, but he has been making inventive and original use of the medium since the early 1980s. Shinobu finds inspiration in nature, often taking formal clues from flora and fauna and translating them into elegantly minimal works of art. He has enjoyed great critical success and his award-winning ceramics can be found in many prominent public and private collections. His work showcase modern, graceful organic forms that establish him as an outstanding master of contemporary celadon in Japan.