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長江重和 Shigekazu
Nagae
Shigekazu
Nagae

Shigekazu
Nagae
Profile
  • 1953 Born in Seto, Aichi Prefecture
  • Lives and works in Seto
  • 01 Exhibitions More
  • 02 Awards More
  • 03 Public Collections More

About
the Artist
About
the Artist

Introduced to Japan in the 19th century, slip-casting was essential to the mass-production of utilitarian vessels for everyday use. Warped or bent bowls and plates were perceived as defective and were immediately discarded, unable to be used or sold. Shigekazu Nagae of Seto witnessed this firsthand as a child, seeing his grandfather and father at the family kiln destroy these kiln failures without hesitation. Yet the curious Nagae questioned: why can’t slip-casting be used to create unique and individual works of contemporary art? Can’t one manipulate the intensity of the kiln fires to intentionally warp, shape and curve porcelain into forms previously unfathomable? Indeed, through strides in both innovation and experimentation, Shigekazu Nagae has played a key role in elevating the technique of slip-casting to the avant-garde. Today, the artist is widely regarded as a leading figure in abstract porcelain, and has been a central figure of our gallery since our inception.