photo Shunemon Okugawa

Shunemon Okugawa

Shunemon’s works are characterized by beautiful forms that only an artist who has kept pursuing wheel shaping is able to create. His finished works with decorative engraving are often so thin that when held to the light they are transparent, and clearly show his desire to waste no porcelain clay.

His works are marked by a contradictory sharpness and softness; delicate engraving, and such sections as the rim and foot (bottom) demonstrate his painstaking handwork, with meticulous attention to each technique he spares no effort in finishing a work.



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  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Shunemon Okugawa Kiln
    Part-time lathing lecturer, Arita College of Ceramics
  • Other


  • 1949
    Born in Arita Town, Saga Prefecture
  • 1964
    Started production of ceramics
  • 1971
    Studied under OKUGAWA Chuemon, a holder of national intangible cultural property
  • 1974
    Selected for Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (first time)
  • 1979
    Independent under the name of OKUGAWA Shunemon
  • 1981
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1982
    Started solo exhibitions (mainly in Tokyo)
  • 1986
    Passed first-class skilled worker certification
    for hand pottery wheel shaping
    Acknowledged as a traditional craft artist for hand
    pottery wheel shaping
  • 1989
    Held an exhibition of the last works of the late Chuemon, and his own works
  • 1994
    Acknowledged as a model of an outstanding skilled worker by Saga Prefecture
  • 2000
    Saga Contemporary Ceramics from the Home of Japanese Porcelain, British Museum, UK
  • 2001
    "Seihakuji Kamon Ozara" collected by British Museum
  • 2001
    Instructor, pottery wheel course, Saga Prefectural Arita College of Ceramics
  • 2002
    Acknowledged as a "Contemporary Master Craftsman" title bestowed on
    outstanding skilled artisans by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • 2005
    Received the Medal with Yellow Ribbon
  • 2011
    Exhibited at Shanghai Art Fair
  • 2014
    2014 HERITAGE Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, New York, US
    2014 HERITAGE Contemporary Japanese Ceramics:Living National Treasures and
    Other Masters, the Japanese Embassy, Washington, DC


  • Received the Medal with Yellow Ribbon from the Ministry
    of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • Received the title of Contemporary Master Craftsman and Outstanding Skilled Worker
    from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • Selected for and awarded at many exhibitions, including the Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition,
    the West Japan Arts and Crafts Exhibition,
    the Saga Exhibition, the Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition, the Kyushu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition,
    the Issuikai, the Chunichi International
    Exhibition of Ceramic Arts, the Western Japan Ceramic Exhibition,
    the International Ceramics Exhibition, and other exhibitions