KAWABATA Kentaro works KAWABATA Kentaro works
2000 Diploma, Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center, Gifu
1998 Diploma, Tokyo Designer Institute, Ceramic Department
1976 Born in Saitama Prefecture

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Kawabata Kentaro, Savoir Vivre, Tokyo (’04, ’05, ’07, '12)
Organs, TOMIO KOYAMA Gallery, Hikarei Shibuya, Tokyo
IMPRINT, Keiko Art International
2014 Silver Shell, Tokyo
Métamorphoses, Galerie Mizen Fine Art, Paris
Gallery Suki, Aichi
Gallery Bogatei, Nagano
2013 Gallery Tousei, Osaka
Gallery Tohka, Miyazaki
Mazuzakaya, Nagoya
2012 Perceptions in Clay, KEIKO Gallery, Boston
KAMOSISUSE, Ohka Shorin, Gifu
Gallery So, Hokkaido
Takeshina- Gallery Bogatei, Nagano
2011 Kuroda Toen, Ginza
K-House Gallery, Tokyo
2010 ZUZUZU, Gallery Shunyo, Gifu Gallery Hashimoto, Tokyo
2009 Gion Konishi, Kyoto (’06)
Fused Beauty, KEIKO Gallery, Boston
2008 Ouka Shorin, Nagano
Sinsaibashi Daimaru, Osaka
Gallry Utsuwa-kan, Kyoto
2007 Akamanma, Gunma
2006 Meguro Tohgeikan, Mie (’09)
Bougate, Nagano ('08)
2005 Tuchi-no-hana, Tokyo
2004 Kuroda Tohen, Tokyo (’06,’09)
2003 Porcelain Sculpture, Galleria Ceramica, Tokyo
Gallery Kouketsu, Gifu (’07)
2002 Gallery Shunkei, Gifu (’06)

Group Exhibitions

2015 8 Ceramic Artists, 8/ Art Gallery/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
MINO, Kakiden Gallery, Tokyo
Nippon! Contemporary Arts and Crafts from Japan, ESH Gallery, Milan, Italy
Dialogue with Materials: Contemporary Japanese Arts an Crafts, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey
2014 Phenomenon of Contemporary Ceramics, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
TAKASHIMAYA MUSEUM of ILLUSION, Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya, Osaka
International Japanische Progressive Keramik Trifft auf Japanische Avantgardistische Malerei, Galerie IAC-Berlin-Koigswinter and Tenri Kultur Werkstatt, Cologne
Dialogue with Materials: Contemporary Japanese Arts an Crafts, Ahmed Adnen Saygun Sanat Merkezi, Izmir, Turkey
2013 La céramique Japonaise, Association Culturelle Franco-Japonaise de TENRI, Paris, Luxembourg
Traditional and Contemporary, Historical Museum, Pavlikeni, Bulgaria
2012 RUSU Aki and KAWABATA Kentaro, Kohodo Gallery, Gifu
Ceramics Now Exhibition, 3rd edition, Galateea Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2011 Contemporary Tea Utensils, Ishihara Bijutus, Gifu
2009 World Ceramic Biennale 2009, Korea
KAWABATA Kentaro and YOKOYAMA Takuya, Gallery SORA, Tokyo
The Power of Decoration - A Viewpoint on Contemporary Kogei (studio craft), The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
2008 Contemporary Ceramic in Tokai Are for the young artist, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum
2007 SOFA Chicago
Hanayagi-no-Katachi, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Gallery X, Tokyo
2004 Mino Ceramics Now, Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu
Izushi Porcelain Competition, Gifu
2003 Carouge International Ceramic Exhibition
Asashi Ceramic Competition
2002 Asahi Modern Craft Competition
Mino International Porcelain Competition
Asashi Ceramic Exhibition
2001 “Mino Ceramics Now 2001” Gifu Contemporary Museum of Ceramics Tjimi, Gifu
2007 Grand Prize, Paramita Museum Ceramic Exhibition, Mie
2005 International Ceramic Festival Mino
2004 Kamota Shoji Award, Mashiko Ceramic Exhibition
2002 Judges Award, Mashiko Ceramic Exhibition
2001 Grand Prize, Oibe-no-Kokoro, Ceramic Exhibition
  • Anadole University Museum, Eskisehir, Turkey
  • Mashiko Ceramic Museum
  • City of Toki
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN
2012 Hono Geijutsu, spring/ summer
2011-12 Ceramics Now

Many of my works are made by hand throw and bits of smashed glasses are embedded into the clay. During firing process, the grass pieces will melt and will be fused with the glaze. This will conceive water colour like very subtle patterns on surface of my works.

The embedded clear glasses are receptor like beings that connect the inner and the outer. My works often express our bodies. Therefore the glass parts mean neither inside nor outside. You can image something like a tunnel to travel around our inner world.

One day, a possibility popped in my mind that one of the components of glaze, glass may bring unexpected effect when it is mixed with the embedded glasses in the process of baking. I spent so much time before I finally found the appropriate baking time and temperature to achieve the effect I wanted. However the motives expressed by melted glasses and glaze on both the inside and outside of the piece was far better that I imagined. This came to be recognized as my signature style around the world.

In the kiln, glass particles and glaze are melt and mixed together without my hands. There is no doubt in my mind that I think it is absolutely beautiful the moment when they come out from the klin. This is why I have been working with embedded glasses in clay over 15 years.

I would like to say that the continuation of repeated creases is another character of my work. I have a hand movement as habit since my childhood. The trace of my hand movements made creases almost unconsciously on my works. I came to realized that I put (fold?) my experiences and memories into each creases. It does not matter if the memory is about great pleasure, sadness or just an ordinary day of my life. All is folded into the creases equally.