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kawase shinobu

kawase shinobu

kawase shinobu 川瀬忍(1950-)

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Great technical skill is required to successfully fire such piece, and KAWASE Shinobu has done so expertly. 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.

Kawase 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.




Selected Public Collections:

Art Institute of Chicago
Brooklyn Museum
Birmingham Museum of Art
Cleveland Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
New Orleans Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Rhode Island School of Design Museum
St. Louis Art Museum
Spencer Museum of Art
University of Kansas
Worcester Art Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada
Japan Folk Art Museum (Nihon Mingei kan), Tokyo, Japan
Museum Fur Kunst und Gerwerbe, Humburg, Germany
Hetjens Museum, Dusseldorf, Germany
Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany
Tokyo National Modern Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Hachinohe City Museum, Hachinohe, Japan
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii 

1950          Born in Oiso, Japan
1967          After graduating from high school and started to study with his father, KAWASE Chikushun, a master of Chinese ceramic style
1969          Japan Traditional Craft and Art Exhibition for Young Artist invitational 
1974          Japan Traditional Craft and Art Exhibition invitational has since been invited to participate every year
1976          Held first solo exhibition at a major Tokyo gallery 
                 (Continued the above show nice times through 1992)
1977          Chikushun III Exhibition at a Tokyo Gallery (also in 1979, 1981)
1981          Received award of the Japan Ceramic Association
1983          Selected Artist Award for the Japan Traditional Art and Craft Exhibition.
                  “Japanese Ceramic Today” exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. and the Victoria Albert Museum, London
1984          Invited to show at the Contemporary Japanese Traditional Potters Exhibition, Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany
                 Two-man exhibition, Rosenthal Studio House, Humburg, Germany
1985          Solo exhibition, Jahn Gallery, Munich, Germany
                 Three-man exhibition, Liberty Department Store, London
1987          Solo exhibition, Mannhein City Museum, Mannhein, Germany
1989          Solo exhibition, Munich City Museum, Munich, Germany
                  Invited to New Zealand by the Minister of Arts and Culture. Toured all of New Zealand and held four solo exhibitions and workshops
                  Solo exhibition , Galerie Pels-Leusden Villa Erisebach, Berlin, Germany
1990          Special exhibition to celebrate his 70th birthday, Seibu Department Store Gallery, Tokyo
1991          Five-man exhibition, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Los Angeles, Californi                 Solo exhibition, London
1992          Lecture at Honolulu Academy of Arts
                 Solo exhibition at the Jahn Gallery, Munich and Stuttgart, Germany
                 Invited Participant in “The Ceramics of Japan: 58 Contemporary Masters” at Mitsukoshi Etoile, Paris France
1996          Contemporary Japanese Crafts
2011          Solo Exhibition at Tomo Museum, Tokyo
2014          Received Golden Award from Japan Ceramic Society