Born in Kanazawa in 1948, Nakamura Kohei grew up in a ceramic art family with father Baizan and brothers Kimpei and Takuo. Recently he’s channeling the spirits of ancient chawan makers and succeeding in spades. Here are two examples, a large ‘deep-well’ Ido chawan and a very Chojiro-Esque Black Raku.
1948 Born in Kanazawa as the third son of Baizan Nakamura.
1973 Graduated from the sculpture department of Tama University of Art.
1979 Award - National fellowship, Agency for Cultural Affairs.
1989 Award - Grand-Prix, Yagi-Kazuo Prize Exhibition
1990 Japan Clay Work, sponsored by the Japan
Foundation (travelling to Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand)
Crafts Exhibition (Umeda Hankyu Department Store, Osaka; Yurakucho Hankyu, Tokyo). International Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition "Changing Pottery"(Shiga prefectural Togei-no- mori Museum)
Japanese Clay Work "Now" 100 Selections Exhibition (Etoile Museum, Paris, Mitsukoshi Department Stores, Japan)
1992 International Exhibition of Ceramic Art (National Historial Museum, The Republic of China
1993 Contemporary Clay Work <1950-1990> (Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art)
1994 International Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition (Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum)
1996 The Suntory Museum Grand Prize Exhibition'96 (Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo)
1999 Contemporary Ceramic Art (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Japanese Craft Work "Now" 100 Selections Exhibition (Etoile Museum, Paris, Mitsukoshi Department Stores, Japan)
Japanese Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition- Movement of Avant-Garde (Holland)
2004-2009 Numerous shows at galleries in Japan 2010 Solo exhibition at Ginza Ippodo Gallery
2012 Art Crafting Towards the Future (21st Century
Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)
Solo exhibition at Nomura Art Museum, Kyoto
2013 Contemporary Master Tea Bowl Exhibition
(Musee Tomo, Tokyo)
2016 "Japanese Kogei | Future Forward" (Museum of Arts and Design / New York, U.S. and other Venues)
National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo, Japan)
National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto, Japan) Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art (Yamaguchi, Japan) Shiga Prefectural Museum of Modern Art (Shiga, Japan) Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art (Wakayama, Japan)
Japan Foundation (Tokyo, Japan)
Shiga prefectural Togei-no-mori Museum (Shiga, Japan) 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Ishikawa, Japan)
Nomura Art Museum (Kyoto, Japan)
"Japan House" Museum of Modern Art (Argentina) Everson Museum of Art (New York, USA)
Mint Museum (North Carolina, USA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas, USA)
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