photo Masakazu Ishihara

Masakazu Ishihara

My work is the production of urushi (lacquer) artworks, one of the Japanese traditional craft techniques.

From some 6,000 years ago, when urushi wares started being used in daily life, through to the present day, its techniques have been developed into one of the applied fine arts. For the future, I am exploring unconventional, new, and innovative urushi art.

While applying the most advanced techniques of this traditional craft, I aim at creating a variety of works that function well in modern daily life.

Work

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Detail

  • Category
    URUSHIWORK
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association

Carrer

  • 1960
    Born in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture
  • 1979
    Completed Urushi Lacquer Ware Institute, Kagawa Prefecture
  • Studied under OTOMARU Kodo, a living national treasure
  • 1982
    Selected for 29th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (first time)
    Present
    Craft instructor, Urushi Lacquer Ware Institute, Kagawa Prefecture
  • Full member, Japan Kogei Association

Prize

  • 1991
    Received the Takamatsu Board of Education Award
    at the Kagawa Art Exhibition
  • 2003
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award
    at the 20th Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works
  • 2003
    Received the Takamatsu Board of Education Award
    at the Kagawa Art Exhibition
  • 2004
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Incentive Award
    at the 51st Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2005
    Received the Takamatsu Cultural Incentive Award
  • 2006
    Received the Governor of Kagawa Prize
    at the Kagawa Art Exhibition
  • 2007
    Received the 50th Anniversary Special Prize
    at the 50th Japan Kogei Association Shikoku Branch Exhibition
  • 2009
    Received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner's Award
    at the 27th Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works
  • 2010
    Received the 1st Kagawa Traditional Crafts Matsudaira Social
    Foundation Award
  • 2011
    Designated as a holder of intangible cultural property
    of Kagawa Prefecture for his Choshitsu techniques