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 Keiichi Shimizu  清水圭一

 Contemporary Tanba Pottery

Born in 1962 in Tanba into a potter family spanning four generations, Shimizu was more interested in pushing boundary of the art than adhering to traditional styles. He went to Kyoto to study pottery at Kyoto City Vocational School. After returned to Tanba in 1984, he launched a very productive career in pursuit of his own artistic vision, producing some of the most innovative works in contemporary Japanese ceramics. In a career spanning almost three decades, Shimizu has won many awards. These include the Grand Prize of Hyogo Prefecture Art & Crafts Show, Modern Craft Award in Japan Modern Art & Crafts Show, and the Excellence Award in Tanabe Museum Cha-no-yu Show.

Sleek, minimalist forms are a distinctive hallmark of Shimizu’s work. The lines are clean and graceful, the surfaces taut and uncluttered. Curves are used sparingly and with purpose, to hold together the exquisite lines and introduce tension and visual interests to the stark geometry. Colors are kept soft and muted, to complement rather than compete with the beautiful shapes. The overall results are noble, elegant forms that belie great conceptual sophistication and meticulous attention to details, a refreshingly modern interpretation of the quiet aesthetic in old Tanba tradition.  

 

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Inquiry/Order

Keiichi Shimizu Tanba Vase 001AKeiichi Shimizu Tanba Vase 001B
Keiichi Shimizu
Wood-fired Tanba Vase No.001 (2017)  9.5"x 4.5"x 6.75"h (2 views)
$600



Keiichi Shimizu Tanba Vase 002AKeiichi Shimizu Tanba Vase 002B
Keiichi Shimizu
Wood-fired Tanba Vase No.002 (2017)  8"x 5"x 7.5"h (2 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu White Clay Vase 003AKeiichi Shimizu White Clay Vase 003B
Keiichi Shimizu
Vase w/ White Tanba Clay No.003 (2017)  8.5"x 4.5"x 7"h (2 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Whaite Clay Vase 004BKeiichi Shimizu White Clay Vase 004A
Keiichi Shimizu
Vase w/ White Tanba Clay No.004 (2017)  5.75"x 4.75"x 11"h (2 views)
$1,200


Shows & Awards

1986  Hyogo Prefecture Art and Craft Show

1989  Governor’s Award, Hyogo Prefecture Art and Craft Show

1991  Japan Modern Art and Craft Show

1992  Solo show, Gallery Totosho, Osaka

Japan Modern Art and Craft Show

1993  Kinki Division Award, Japan Modern Art and Craft Show

Japan Craft Show

1994  Recognition Award, Saga Daikakuji Flower & Ceramics Show

Asahi Craft Show

Yaki-Shime-ten open competition

NITTEN Show

1995  Solo show, Gallery Ogawa, Kyoto

Kinki Division Award, Japan Modern Art and Craft Show

Japan Craft Show

NITTEN Show

Director’s Award, Kyoto Chamber of Commerce

Daikakuji Award, Daikakuji Flower and Ceramics Show

1996  Solo show, Gallery Kobe Daimaru, Kobe

NITTEN Show

Osaka Mayor’s Award, Osaka Craft Show

1997  Solo show, Gallery Osaka Mitsukoshi, Osaka

NITTEN Show

Recognition Award, Cha-no-yu Show, Tanabe Museum

1998  Solo show, Gallery Kobe Daimaru, Kobe

Recognition Award, Cha-no-yu Show, Tanabe Museum

1999  Solo show, Gallery Kobe Daimaru, Kobe

Japan Craft Show

2000   2-person show, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2001  Grand Prize for Hyogo Prefecture Art & Crafts Show

2002  Modern Craft Award, Japan Modern Art & Crafts Show

2004  Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Kobe Club, Kobe

2006  Solo show, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2007  Recognition Award, Kikuchi Biennial

Solo show, Gallery Kintetsu, Yottkaichi

Solo show, Gallery Daimaru, Tottori

2008  Solo show, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Solo show, Gallery Kandori, Tokyo

2009  Recognition Award, Kikuchi Biennial

Recognition Award, Cha-no-yu Show, Tanabe Museum

Solo show, Gallery Kobe Daimaru, Kobe

2010  Solo show, Gallery Kandori, Tokyo

Excellence Award, Cha-no-yu Show, Tanabe Museum

Solo show, Watanabe Fine Art Gallery, Osaka

2011  Solo show, Gallery Kobe Daimaru, Kobe

Recognition Award, Cha-no-yu Show, Tanabe Museum

Recognition Award, Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition

2012  Solo show, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2013  Selected for 22nd Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition

          Solo show, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2015  Tanba Now, Hyogo Ceramic Museum, Japan

2015  Solo Show, Daimaru Department Store, Kobe, Japan

2017  Solo Show, Daimaru Department Store, Kobe, Japan

2017  Solo Show, Gallery Magatama, Osaka, Japan

 

 

 

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