Teaching Staff (Creative Manufacturing Design)

熊谷晃
Title Associate Professor
Research Fields Urushi craft techniques (Makie, Raden, Kawari-nuri,
Kanshitsu etc.) / Urushi harvesting and processing
Education
2000
Completed, Craftsman training program, Ashiro Urushi Technique Research Center, Appi Urushi Studio, Iwate
1998
Master’s (Urushi), Tokyo University of the Arts
1996
Bachelor’s (Crafts), Tokyo University of the Arts
Selected Professional Experience
2013-Present
Associate Professor, Akita University of Art
2002-2013
Lecturer (2002-2007); Associate Professor (2007-2013), Akita Municipal Junior College of Arts and Crafts
Recent Activities <Selected exhibitions>

2018
Akita no kusabana o utsusu [Imitating the Flowers and Plants of Akita]. Red Brick Local Museum, Akita
2005, 2008
El Bello Urushi. Japan Urushi Association, Madrid / Barcelona / Toledo / Salamanca, Spain

 

<Selected Awards / Prizes>

2017
Superintendent’s Commendation, Sendai Regional Correction Headquarters (for work as urushi instructor in job-training programs in Akita prefectural prisons)
2012-2014, 2017
Selected, Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition. Japan Kogei Association
2012
Winner, Akita City Culture Award

 

<Other>

1st Rank Urushi Craft Specialist (National Certification, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

2017
Member, Japan Kogei Association
Courses Taught Materials: Expression and Design
Contemporary Art Theory 1, 2
Contemporary Art Seminar (Creative Manufacturing Design)
Sketching 1, 2
Creative Manufacturing Design Seminar 1, 2 (Urushi)
Study of Regional Industry
Creative Manufacturing Design Seminar 3
Graduation Project (Creative Manufacturing Design)

 

Example Works
変塗蒔絵螺鈿箱「春告げ花」 沈金ワークショップのための提案 変塗蒔絵螺鈿箱「福寿草」
Harutsuge-bana [Spring flowers] (Kawari-nuri, Makie and Raden) Examples of gold inlay Fukujuso [Pheasant’s eye] (Kawari-nuri, Makie and Raden)
「畏怖・畏敬3,11 陸前高田」(撮影者: 篠原誠司) 変塗蒔絵螺鈿箱「紫式部」 変塗蒔絵螺鈿箱「雪どけ」
Ifu/Ikei 3,11 Rikuzentakata [Fear and awe 3/11, Rikuzentakata] (Photo: Seiji Shinohara)
Murasakishikibu [Japanese beautyberry] (Kawari-nuri, Makie and Raden) Yukidoke [Snow thaw] (Kawari-nuri, Makie and Raden)

Further details (in Japanese) can be found at the following link: Kou Kumagai (Japanese page)