photo Koumin Ozawa

Koumin Ozawa

If there is no light, everything freezes, and there is no life. Also, if there is no water, everything burns out, and again there is no life.

Because of the perfect harmony of light and water, there is the planet Earth, and also the universe.
Something invisible, something that cannot be felt on the skin,

Wind, whirlpools, radio waves, sounds, magnetism, air, and so on
These are also a manifestation of the harmony of light and water.

I express light in red lines and water in white lines, and I want to continue my creative activities with a focus on light and water images.

Works

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Information

  • Categories
    Metal works
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • Status
    Living National Treasure
    (Important Intangible Cultural Property:Metal carving)

Career

  • 1941
    Born on September 26, Fusumae, Takaoka City
  • 1954
    Graduated from Futatsuka Elementary School, Takaoka City
  • 1957
    Graduated from Yoshino Junior High School, Takaoka City
  • 1958
    Graduated from Copperware Division, Vocational Training Center, Toyama Prefecture
    Started working for Koshii Manufacturing
  • 1968
    Member of the inaugural class at the Local Industrial Technology Training School (current Traditional Arts and Crafts Training School), Takaoka City (enrolled for 6 years)
  • 1969
    Established Osawa Art Casting Factory to the present
  • 1975
    Took the pseudonym of Koumin
  • 1976-1978
    Director, Takaoka Traditional Industry Youth Organization
  • 1978-1980
    Chairman, Development Research Committee, Takaoka Traditional Industry Youth Organization
  • 1978-1990
    Chairman, Takaoka Casting Association  
    Director, Traditional Art Craft Takaoka Casting Promotion Cooperative Association
  • 1980
    Developed an internal chill casting method
  • 1983
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1985
    Invited to submit to Toyama Artists Exhibition
    '85, Takaoka Art Museum
  • 1994
    Submitted to Japanese Metal Casting Arts Exhibition: Shape of Imono, Azabu Museum of Arts and Crafts and others. Submitted in 1996, 1999
  • 1995
    Invited to submit to Metal Casting Arts and Artists in Toyama, Shogawa Memorial Museum
  • 1997-1998
    Instructor for Successor Training Course, Traditional Art Craft Takaoka Casting Promotion Cooperative Association
  • 2003
    Koumin Osawa Exhibition: Insert Casting Metals, Kitanippon Shimbun Gallery
  • Awards
  • 1976
    Received the Outstanding Skilled Worker Award for Traditional Art Crafts, Takaoka City
  • 1977
    Designated as a Traditional Art Craftsman in the casting category
  • 1995
    Designated as a holder of in Traditional Arts and Crafts Industrial Technology, Takaoka City
  • 1996
    Received the Commendation from the Takaoka City Board of Education for Distinguished Service in the field of Education
  • 1998
    Received the Commendation from the Chubu Regional Bureaus of International Trade and Industry for Distinguished Service in the field of Traditional Arts and Crafts
  • 2000
    Received the International Trade and Industry Minister's Commendation; Commendation from Toyama Prefecture for Distinguished Service in the Industry
  • 2001
    Received the Takaoka Citizen’s Culture Award
  • 2004
    Acknowledged as a “Contemporary Master Craftsman” title bestowed on outstanding skilled artists by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
  • 2005
    Received the Commendation from Takaoka City for Distinguished Service in the Field; Designated as a holder of important intangible cultural property (metal casting); Received the Kitanippon Shimbun Culture Award
  • 2006
    Received the NHK Furusato Toyama Award
  • Present
    Director, Japan Kogei Association
    Secretary, Japan Kogei Association Metalwork Category
    Chief secretary, Japan Kogei Association Toyama Branch
    permanent committee, Toyama Craftsmen Association
    Adviser, Takaoka Craftsmen Association
    Vice president, Secretary, Association of Takaoka Casting Traditional
    Art Craftsmen

Award

  • 1969
    Received the Incentive Award at the 22nd
    Takaoka City Exhibition at the first attempt
  • 1973
    Received the Hokuriku Contemporary Arts and
    Crafts Exhibition Award at the 2nd Hokuriku
    Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition
  • 1974
    Received the Prefecture Exhibition Award at
    the 29th Toyama Prefecture Exhibition
  • 1975
    Received the Grand Prize at the 2nd Takaoka
    Traditional Craft Techniques Promotion Exhibition
  • 1976
    Received the Grand Prize at the 3rd Takaoka
    Traditional Craft Techniques Promotion Exhibition
  • 1976
    Received the Design Award at the 16th Toyama
    Design Exhibition
  • 1980
    Received the Incentive Award at
    the 10th Japanese Traditional Metalwork
    New Works Exhibition
  • 1981
    Received the Incentive Award at
    the 11th Japanese Traditional Metalwork
    New Works Exhibition
  • 1981
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award
    at the 20th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Toyama
    Exhibition
  • 1984
    Received the Takaoka City Mayor’s Award at
    the 37th Takaoka City Exhibition
  • 1984
    Received the Tokyo Board of Education Award
    at 14th Japanese Traditional Metalwork Exhibition
  • 1984
    Received the Japan Kogei Association
    Incentive Award at the 31st Japan Traditional
    Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1985
    Received the Excellence Award by
    the successor training course of important
    intangible cultural property led by KATORI
    Masahiko
  • 1990
    Received the Hoshu Award at the 29th Japan
    Traditional Art Crafts Toyama Exhibition
  • 1996
    Received the Kitanihon Shimbun Award at
    the 35th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Toyama
    Exhibition
  • 1997
    Received the Toyama Board of Education
    Award at the 36th Japan Traditional Art Crafts
    Toyama Exhibition
  • 1998
    Received the Governor of Toyama Prize at
    the 37th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Toyama
    Exhibition
  • 1999
    Received the Prefecture Exhibition Member
    Award at the 53rd Toyama Prefecture Exhibition
  • 1999
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award
    at the 38th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Toyama
    Exhibition
  • 1999
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award
    at the 29th Japanese Traditional Metalwork
    Exhibition
  • 2000
    Received the Prince Takamatsu Memorial
    Prize at the 47th Japan Traditional Art Crafts
    Exhibition
  • 2002
    Received the Toyama Board of Education
    Award at the 41st Japan Traditional Art Crafts
    Toyama Exhibition