photo Arata Nagano

Arata Nagano

I use wazuku, which is Japanese iron from ancient times, and produce teakettles.
By applying traditional technology such as horobiki*, the loam mold casting process or iron smelted in a furnace, I aim at the creation of works incorporating modern concepts.
*A technique to make a mold by putting a mix of kneaded river sand and clay wash into a molding box, and pulling it around a wooden pattern.

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Metal works
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Secretary, Japan Kogei Association Metalworks Section
    Chief Secretary of the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Japan Branch
    Saitama Artists Association
  • Studio
    Nagano-kobo
  • Other

Career

  • 1972
    Born as the eldest son of 2nd generation NAGANO Tetsushi
  • 1993
    Graduated from the Metalwork Crafts Course at the Takaoka National College (Currently the University of Toyama)
  • 2002
    Completed his training at Kikuchi Hojudo, Yamagata Prefecture
  • 2003
    Selected for the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition for the first time
    Selected successively for the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Eastern Branch Exhibition, the Japanese Traditional Metalwork Exhibition, and the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2004
    Participated in the “Metalwork Art Exhibition” at the Shinjuku Keio Department Store
  • 2006
    Held a 2-men Exhibition with senior fellow apprentice EDA Kei at the Shinjuku Keio Department Store
  • 2008
    Held the Nagano Family Exhibition at the Shinjuku Keio Department Store
  • 2009
    Received the Best New Artist Award at the Japanese Traditional Metalwork Exhibition
    Held the “Shinsengumi ARTIZAN – Tea Utensils by Young Artists Exhibition” in July
    Selected for the Sano Renaissance Exhibition in August
  • 2010
    Held the 2nd “Shinsengumi ARTIZAN – Tea Utensils by Young Artists Exhibition” in July
  • 2011
    Received the Eastern Japan Branch Manager’s Award at the Eastern Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Held the “Shinsengumi ARTIZAN – New Age Artiste” Exhibition at JR Osaka Station Isetan Mitsukoshi
  • 2012
    Held the “ART FACTORY’s Elite” Exhibition at the 8th floor Art Gallery of Shibuya Tokyu
    Selected for the Biennale of the Tea Ceremony Today -Utility and Form-
    Appeared in former Japanese international footballer Nakata Hidetoshi’s ReVALUE NIPPON
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Secretary at the Japan Kogei Association Metalwork Section
    Secretary at the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Branch
    Member, Saitama Artists Association
    *1st generation Nagano Tetsushi 1900-1975 (Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder)
    *2nd generation Nagano Tetsushi 1942-
    HP:http://www.nagano-kobo.com
  • 2014
    Held the 2nd generation NAGANO Tetsushi 2-men Exhibition at the Shinjuku Keio Department Store
  • 2015
    Received the MOA Museum of Art Award at the 55th Traditional Art Crafts Eastern Japan Branch Exhibition
    Solo exhibition at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi,Nagano Arata Foundry Exhibition~IMOJI~

Award

  • 2009
    Received the Best New Artist Award at the Japanese Traditional Metalwork Exhibition
  • 2011
    Received the Eastern Branch Manager’s Award at the Eastern Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2015
    Received the MOA Museum of Art Award at the Eastern Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition

Process