kinichi shigeno

kinichi shigeno




Kinichi Shigeno was born in Ina, Japan in 1953. He attended the prefectural Ceramics Training School in Seto, Japan where he majored in ceramic design. After graduating he apprenticed for seven years with master potter Maseru Kamei. In 1980, he spent 1 year in Arita and Hakata in southern Japan learning cobalt brush painting and researching porcelain bodies. In 1981 Kinichi immigrated to Canada and established his own studio in 1984. In 1989 his combination of functional and sculptural ceramics won him a place in the 46th international Ceramic Art Competition in Florence, Italy. Because of this he was asked in 1994 to exhibit his sculptures in Tokyo at the prominent gallery in the Takashimaya Department Store. Local accolades were to follow : his soup tureen became part of the Campbell Soup Collection; his table setting “Blue Birds” was chosen for the BC Lieutenant Governor’s House; a Ceremonial Chalice for the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society was created; and a mural was created for the Caring Place, a community agency in Richmond, BC.

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