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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, California

                  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