Masakazu Ishihara

  • Lacquerware
  • 1960 -
Masakazu Ishihara

My work is to produce urushi lacquerware, a Japanese traditional craft.
From approximately 6,000 years ago, when lacquerware started to be used in daily life, through to the present day, its techniques have been developed into one of the applied fine arts. I am exploring unconventional, new, and innovative lacquerware for the future.
While using the most advanced techniques of this traditional craft, I aim to create pieces that beautifully match and can be used in modern life.

Membership Full member, Japan Kogei Association
Designated as Intangible Cultural Property of Kagawa Prefecture for choshitsu
Manager of the Japan Kōgei Association
  • 1960 Born in Takamatsu CIty, Kagawa Prefecture
  • 1979 Completed course at the Kagawa Urushi Lacquerware Institute
    Studied under Living National Treasure, OTOMARU Kodo
  • 1982 Selected for the first time at the 29th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 1992 First solo exhibition at Seibu Department Store, Ikebukuro, Tokyo
  • 1993 Evaluator at the Shikoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 1994 Submitted to the "Choshitsu (Carved Lacquer) Today" Exhibition held at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • 1995 Solo exhibition at Seibu Department Store, Ikebukuro, Tokyo
    Evaluator at the Shikoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 1996 Solo exhibition at Gallery Torin, Takamatsu
  • 2001 OTOMARU Kodo School Exhibition (Nihombashi Mitsukoshi, Takamatsu Mitsukoshi)
  • 2002 Solo exhibition at Gallery Tanaka (Ginza, Tokyo)
  • 2011 Designated as Intagible Cultural Property of Kagawa Prefecture for choshitsu
  • 2017 Evaluator at the 35th Lacquerware Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2021 Evaluator at the 38th Lacquerware Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

  • 1985Received the Tokushima Shimbun Award at the Shikoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 1987Received the ISOI Joshin Award at the Shikoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 1988Received the Incentive Award at the Shikoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 1990Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the Shikoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 1991Received the Takamatsu City Board of Education Award at the Kagawa Prefectural Art Exhibition
    Received the ISOI Joshin Award at the Shikoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2003Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the 20th Lacquerware Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
    Received the Takamatsu City Board of Education Award at the Kagawa Prefectural Art Exhibition
  • 2004Received the Japan Kogei Association Incentive Award at the 51st Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2005Received the Takamatsu City Cultural Encouragement Award
  • 2006Received the Governor Award at the 71st Kagawa Prefectural Art Exhibition
  • 2007Received the 50th Anniversary Special Award at the 50th Shikoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2009Received the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award at the 27th Lacquerware Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2010Received the 1st Kagawa Prefecture Traditional Crafts Matsudaira Public Interest Association Award
  • 2012Received the Special Award at the 55th Shikoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2015Received the Marukame CIty Board of Education Award at the 80th Kagawa Prefectural Art Exhibition
    Received the Asahi Shimbun Award at the 33rd Lacquerware Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2018Received the Kagawa Governor Award at the 83rd Kagawa Prefectural Art Exhibition
    Received the Kagawa Prefecture Cultural Arts Award
  • 2020Received the MOA Museum of Art Award at the 38th Lacquerware Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

Price Range

$ 60 - 63,000

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