Japan Kōgei Association is an organization comprising of traditional kōgei artists and craftspeople, centered around the holders of Important Intangible Cultural Properties (Living National Treasures). It consists of artists and other related people who have devoted themselves to the mastery of the knowledge, skills, tools and materials that have been passed down from the past, using these to create appealing items for the future without resorting to the outré.
This exhibition features ten artists who have been selected from among the full members of the Japan Kōgei Association and we hope that it will enable as many people as possible to come into contact with and enjoy the attraction of their work.
Participating Artists * in the order of the Japanese syllabary
- Adachi Masao (Glass artist, b.1969)
- Iguchi Masayo (Ceramic artist, b.1956)
- 0tsuki Yosuke (Glass artist, b.1972)
- Okui Mina (Lackerware (Urushi) artist, b.1970)
- Kamigaki Natsuko (Lacquerware (Urushi) artist, b.1981)
- Kigasawa Masato (Glass artist, b.1962)
- Koyama Kohichi (Ceramic artist, b.1960)
- Sato Norikatsu (Ceramic artist, b.1974)
- Mochizuki Shu (Ceramic artist, b.1960)
- Watanabe Kunio (Ceramic artist, b.1967)
Japan Kōgei Association
Japan Kōgei Association is an organization comprising of traditional kōgei artists and craftspeople, centered around the holders of Important Intangible Cultural Properties (Living National Treasures), with the aim of ‘preserving and cultivating intangible cultural assets, facilitating close communication between traditional kōgei artists and craftspeople in order to conserve and utilize techniques, while refining the essence of traditional kōgei, organizing activities to maintain techniques and resolving to further their development, thereby contributing to cultural advancement in accordance with the spirit of the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties.’