Kentaro Kawabata

  • Installation view from "Organ" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • Installation view from "Organ" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • Installation view from "Organ" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • Installation view from "Organ" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • Installation view from "Organ" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • Installation view from "Organ" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • Installation view from "Organ" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • Installation view from "Organ" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • Soos 2015 porcelain, sulfurized silver h.41 x w.27.5 x d.18.5 cm ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • 磁辰砂白金錦彩綴化茶盌 Tea Bowl 2015 Glazed porcelain, glass h.10 x w.19.5 x 16.5 cm ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • ココ Coco 2015 Glazed porcelain h.9 x w.6.5 x d.7 cm ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • 白磁辰砂白金錦彩綴化茶盌 2015 glazed porcelain, glass h.11.0 × w.15.5 × d.18.0 cm ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • Soos 2015 porcelain, sulfurized silver h.26.0 x w.32.0 x d.28.0 cm ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • 青釉覆輪色瑠璃綴化茶盌 2015 glazed porcelain, glass h.9 x w.13.5 x d.11.5 cm ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • Soos 2015 porcelain, sulfurized silver, lead h.39.5 x w.51.0 x d.25.0 cm ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • Soos 2015 porcelain, sulfurized silver h.41.5 x w.20.0 x d.17.0 cm ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • タワー 2015 glazed porcelain, glass h.55.5 x ø14.5 cm ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • Soos Ne 2015 porcelain, sulfurized silver h.29.0 x w.17.5 x d.16.0 cm ©Kentaro Kawabata 
  • タネコ 2015 glazed porcelain, glass h.14.5 x w.25.0 x d.25.5 cm ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • Soos 空茶盌 2015 porcelain, sulfurized silver h.8.7 x 11.0 x 11.7 cm ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • 白磁線刻桃色瑠璃茶盌 2015 glazed porcelain, glass h.8.5 x w.11.3 x d.12.5 cm ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • 女 Z(スプーン) Women Z (Spoon) 2015 glazed porcelain, glass h.170.0 x w.45.0 x d.44.5 cm ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • 女(スプーン) 2015 glazed porcelain, glass h.45.0 x w.19.0 x d.14.5 cm ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • 石化手鉢 h.12 x w.21 x d.18 cm Glazed porcelain, glass ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • Soos 2014 ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • batista 2012 ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • 白磁辰砂白金錦彩綴化茶盌 2016 ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • 白磁辰砂白金錦彩綴化茶盌 2015 ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • ロコ 2014 ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • Batista 2012 ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • Chlonie 2010  ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • ロコ 2005 ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • ブロンコ 2004 ©Kentaro Kawabata
  • ぷっくり 2003 ©Kentaro Kawabata

Kentaro Kawabata was born in 1976 in Saitama Prefecture. After graduating from the Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center in 2000 he began winning awards for his work at a very early stage, including the Kamoda Shoji Award at the Mashiko Pottery Exhibition (2004) and the Paramita Museum Ceramic Award (2007). He has held a number of solo exhibitions at highly-reputed ceramic institutions, as his unique sensibility and skill in modelling has brought him widespread acclaim as a ceramic artist. He has participated in group exhibitions at prestigious venues including the National Museum of Modern Art’s Crafts Gallery (“The Power of Decoration: A Viewpoint on Contemporary Kôgei (Studio Crafts)”, 2009), the Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum (“Phenomenon of Contemporary Ceramic”, 2014), and the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu (2004, 2010).

1976 Born in Saitama, Japan
1998 Diploma, Tokyo Designer Institute, Ceramic Department, Tokyo
2000 B.F.A.,Tajimi city Pottery Design and Technical Center Gifu, Japan
Lives and works in Gifu, Japan

Solo exhibitions

2016 SAVOIR VIVRE, Tokyo, Japan (2015, 2012, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003)
2015 "Organ" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014 SILVER SHELL, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Suki, Gifu, Japan (2005)
Bougatei, Nagano, Japan (2012, 2010, 2008, 2006)
MIZEN Fine Art, Paris, France
Gallery Moegi, Tochigi, Japan (2010)
2013 Matsuzakaya, Nagoya, Japan
Touka, Miyazaki, Japan
Sinsaibai Daimaru Tousei, Osaka, Japan (2010, 2008)
Gallery Utsuwakan, Kyoto, Japan (2010, 2008)
Kuroda Touen, Tokyo, Japan (2011, 2009, 2006, 2004)
Kawatake Touki, Saga, Japan
2012 Ouka Syorin, Nagano, Japan (2008)
Keiko Gallery, Boston, MA, USA (2009)
Gallery SOU, Hokkaido, Japan
Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo, Japan
Gion Konishi, Kyoto, Japan (2009)
2011 Akamanma, Gunma, Japan (2007)
K-HOUSE, Tokyo, Japan
Rakusuitei, Toyama, Japan
Gallery Ikuko, Okayama, Japan
2010 Tourin Syunyou, Gifu, Japan (2006, 2002)
Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Hashimoto, Tokyo, Japan
Meguro Tougeikan, Mie, Japan (2006)
2008 Karakoram, Fukuoka, Japan
2007 Gallery Kouketsu, Gifu, Japan (2005, 2003)
White Gallery, Kagoshima, Japan (2005, 2003)
Tsuchi-no-hana, Tokyo, Japan
2003 Galleria Ceramica, Tokyo, Japan

Group exhibitions

2016 "PUNK" Rakusuitei Museum of Art, Toyama, Japan
"Even if contemporary art ended" Sokyo Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
2015 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014 “Phenomenon of Contemporary Ceramics” Ibaraki Ceramic Art museum, Japan
“TAKASHIMAYA MUSEUM of ILLUSION” Takashimaya, Tokyo; Kyoto; Nagoya; Osaka, Japan
Berlin-Koigswinter and Tenri Kultur Werkstatt, Cologne, Germany
“Dialogue with Materials: Contemporary Japanese Arts an Crafts”
Ahmed Adnen Saygun Sanat Merkezi, Izmir, Turkey
2013 “La ceramique japonaise” Paris, France
“Traditional and Contemporary” Historical Museum, Pavlikeni, Bulgaria
“Two Billion Light -Years of Solitude” Art Gummi Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
2012 “Ceramics Now Exhibition, 3rd edition” Galateea Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2010 Sculptures Objects Functional Art + Design Fair, Chicago, IL, USA (2007)
“Secret Relationship between Ceramics and Colors” Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
2009 “The Power of Decoration a Viewpoint on Contemporary Kôgei”
Crafts Gallery National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
The Gyeonggi World Ceramic Biennale, South Korea
2008 “Contemporary Ceramic in Tokai Area for the young artists” Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Japan
Izushi Porcelain Competition (2004, 2002)
2005 “Hanayagi-no-katachi” Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo, Japan
Mino International Ceramic Competition, Gifu, Japan (2002)
2004 Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition (2003, 2002)
“MINO CERAMICS NOW” Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
2003 Carouge International Ceramic Exhibition, Switzerland

Awards

2007 Grand Prize, Paramita Museum Ceramic Exhibition, Japan
2004 Kamoda Shoji Award, Mashiko Ceramic Exhibition, Japan
2002 Judges Award, Mashiko Ceramic Exhibition, Japan
2001 Grand Prize, Oribe-no-kokoro, Japan