小倉 智恵美 Chiemi Ogura

From Kyoto / 京都


Bamboo work craftswoman.  Utilizing the “Bamboo basket” technique that has been passed on through generations among the craftsmen of Kyoto, Ogura creates bangles and rings that appeal to women.  Making full use of the beauty of traditional weaves and patterns and decoration techniques, she continues to create works that laud Japanese nature.


タケヤマ・ノリヤ Noriya Takeyama

From 東京 / Tokyo


Ever since creating Licca-chan's father while assigned to the Licca-chan Doll division at Takara Co. Ltd., Takeyama continued to draw “RETRO KAWAII style” at famous popular ZAKKA stores, made “Koedarian”, a revival of Koeda-chan into a huge hit and has proven to be a fantasy hit maker.


上端 伸也 Shinya Kambata

From Ishikawa / 石川


Kutani ceramicist.  Kanbata creates from scratch enabling him to produce a unique soft ivory color. He also uses a distinctive paint color called “Ebichairo”.  He creates his own “Kanbata World” that fuses Kutani, a Japanese traditional craft with western culture.


鍵 元尾 Motoo Kagi

From Ishikawa / 石川


Kutani ceramicist. Presides over “Ceramic Art Studio” in Kanazawa City.  Known for his free creative style not limited to usual processes of Kutani ware, he values tradition and always applies such techniques in creating his works.  While totally immersed in ceramic art day after day, Kagi also offers ceramic art lessons in order to pass on this traditional craft to the next generation.


ピコピコ Pico Pico

From Tokyo / 東京


Figure molding master, monster artist.  From original molds of soft vinyl monsters, Pico Pico paints, makes life-size costumes and creates everything by his own hand.  He creates monsters as art and is a pioneer in his field.


井上 雅子 Masako Inoue

From Ishikawa / 石川


Kutani ceramicist. By mainly using black pigment on white porcelain unusual in Kutani pottery, and instead of drawing with a paintbrush Inoue uses a technique called sgraffito to create her unique style. Resembling Japanese black ink paintings, her works have a distinctive charm.

澤谷 由子 Yuko Sawaya

From Ishikawa / 石川


Ceramic artist.  Decorating delicate forms with very fine threadlike patterns by using blue glaze and the itchin technique, Sawaya is known for her works with feminine sensibilities.

鈴木 秀昭 Hideaki Suzuki

From Shizuoka / 静岡


Ceramic artist.  An avant-garde sense acquired at an American university creates Suzuki’s unique world.  Patterns like miniatures and mesmerizing colors that fuse stillness and motion are his characteristics.  His works are well-received in both Japan and abroad.  His theme is ceramics as art.

鬼平 慶司 Keiji Onihira

From Ishikawa / 石川


Gold lacquer master, Wajima lacquer craftsman.  Fortified by his eagerness to learn, Onihira’s youthful sensibility and great talent are a sure thing.  He creates his works making full use of various traditional lacquer ware materials such as precious lacquer, gold dust and mother-of-pearl in diversified gold lacquer techniques. In recent years during which new lacquer and pigments are constantly being developed, Onihira strongly believes that by incorporating new techniques, a new tradition is born.

加藤 友理 Yuri Kato

From Kyoto / 京都


Kyoto lacquerware artist.  Kato creates her works using various lacquer techniques and materials such as carved lacquer that utilizes colored lacquer and zonsei, a technique originating in China in order to achieve that specific shine that can only be acquired from lacquer. In recent years she aspires to create new works combining carved lacquer and gold lacquer. She is motivated to create new pieces using different materials normally not found in existing lacquer crafts.  She often collaborates with other artists from different fields.

薮内 公美 Kumi Yabuuchi

From Ishikawa / 石川


Metal Craft.  Specially appointed assistant instructor at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Hokuriku.  For many years, Yabuuchi has worked on metal forging, a metalcraft technique, but recently she has unveiled an innovative art form that combines forging and embroidery.  This combination of metal and embroidery creates a story.

矢野 志郎 Shirou Yano

From Kyoto / 京都


Glass artist.  Using a technique that piles layers of plate glass, Yano creates works involving detailed processes of pasting, planing and polishing plates of glass, piece by piece.  Light reflecting on the complicated layers of glass and precise handiwork create mystic works of art.

高木 己樹恵 Mikie Takagi

From Mie / 三重


Ceramicist.  While focusing on pieces made by carbonization, iron glazing and smoltification, Takagi also creates sake cups, tableware, incense containers, etc.  She trained under Takahiro Kondo and became independent in Iga, Mie Prefecture in 2013.  She is an energetic artist who received the silver prize at the International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics in Cheongju.

Ishida Glass Studio

From Kyoto / 京都


Pate de Verre is an ancient glass making technique developed in Mesopotamia. This method passed on from father to son almost vanished after the discovery of glass blowing but was revived once again by the hands of a couple in Kyoto who originally drew designs for kimono obis. The whole Ishida family creates exquisite pate de verre pieces that have now become particular to Japan.

晶阿弥 博子 Hiroko Shoami

From Tokyo / 東京


“Diamond point” is a technique dating from B.C., using a diamond pen to etch patterns onto a glass surface.  Shoami’s fine and delicate glass works combine this traditionally European craft with Japanese lacquer.

馬場 隆志 Takashi Baba

From Okayama / 岡山


Born in Inbe, Baba from a very young age, grew up watching his father, a Bizen ware artist.  Utilizing the characteristics of soil and bringing out its appeal to the fullest, the pieces baked in his kiln are original and powerful.  In recent years, he has expanded his stage overseas to countries like China and Taiwan.