photo Akira Watanabe

Akira Watanabe

WATANABE mainly works with the kiriko (cut) technique; however, he has also developed his own unique layering technique, in which powdered gold, colored glass grains or the like are dusted between several glass sheets to give a decorative effect; the sheets are then fused by using an electric furnace to create the base material with patterns of light captured inside the glass.

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Other crafts
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Director, Japan Kogei Association

Career

  • 1959
    Born in Kobe City
  • 1984
    Graduated from the Division of Philosophy in the Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University
    Entered Kamei Glass Co., Ltd.
  • 1989
    Studied at the Glasfachschule Kramsach, Austria
  • 2008
    Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 2009
    Designated as a Kyoto Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property Holder in “Kiriko Glass”
  • 2010
    “About the Tea Ceremony – A Viewpoint on Contemporary Kogei” (National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
  • 2013
    “Tradition and Creation – By Kyoto Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property Holders-” (Museum of Kyoto)
    “From Crafts to Kogei – In Commemoration of the 60th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition” (National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

Award

  • 1992
    Received the Asahi Shimbun Prize at the 8th Japan Traditional Art Crafts 7th Section Exhibition
    Received the Chairman of Japan Art Crafts Association Prize at the 39th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1994
    Received the Osaka Board of Education Award at the 23rd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Exhibition
  • 1995
    Received the Incentive Award at the 24th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Exhibition
  • 1996
    Received the Kinki Award at the 25th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Exhibition
  • 2004
    Received the Chairman of Japan Art Crafts Association Prize at the 51st Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2007
    Received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Superintendent’s Award at the 21st Traditional Art Crafts Miscellaneous Crafts Exhibition