A sculptor by trade, in his spare time Nagae creates captivating, limited, handmade tablewares that are the product of a skilled hand and a loving eye.
These were very well received in New York due both to their arresting beauty and their versatility in function: they can be used at the table for appetizers, sushi, or even soy sauce; they are lovely when displayed on a table or hung on a wall; and their illusionistic depths can even be used as meditation aides.
Nagae has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions in Japan and overseas including Toji/Avant garde et tradition du Japan at Musée Nationale de Cèramique, Sèvres and Contemporary Clay: Japanese Ceramics for the New Century at Japan Society New York in 2005. He has received many awards such as Grand Prize at Triennale de la Porcelaine Contemporarie in Nyon Switzerland and the Parmita Museum in Mie.
1953 Born in Seto-shi Aichi, Japan
1974 Completed Special Ceramic Study Course, Seto Ceramics Training Institute
1997 Begins work as a lecturer of the Special Study Course of Pottery,
Seto Ceramics High-school
1999 Begins work as a lecturer at Bunsei Art College
2002 Member, International Ceramics Academy
2004 Cultural Prize, Art Selection of Aichi Prefecture, Aichi
2017 Solo Show at Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg