Shun Kumagai

His work is created by first making a prototype with wax, then using that to make a mold out of gypsum, and finally pouring cast glass onto the mold. The convection current and changes to the glass inside the kiln cannot be controlled and forms the element of surprise. The thick layer of glass poured onto the mold stores the light and mix with the clay glazed on the surface and the metal poured into it to form a complex scenery. While it is reminiscent of ancient glass and ruins, it is also full of new light and hope.

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PROFILE

  • 1983

    Born in Akita.

  • 2007

    Graduated from Akita Municipal Junior College of Arts and Crafts

  • 2009-2011

    Assistant at Akita Municipal Junior College of Arts and Crafts

  • 2012-2015

    Glass Artist at Toyama Glass Studio

  • 2017-2020

    Glass Artist at Akita Araya Glass Studio

  • 2020

    Run a private glass studio in Akita City.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITION

  • 2021

    Happiness, pragmata gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    秋田之色, Contemporary Crafts Centre, Hong Kong
    rinne, tonoto, Kyoto, Japan
    Shun Kumagai Exhibition, sumica, Yokohama, Japan

  • 2020

    Vessels Brimming with Light, GALLERY crossing, Gifu, Japan
    Shun Kumagai Exhibition, wad+, Osaka, Japan
    electric dreams, pragmata gallery Tokyo, Japan

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION

  • 2021

    Cloister Shun Kumagai+meguru Duo exhibition, Fetishism, Shanghai, China
    The VIEWING ROOM, GALLERY crossing, Gifu, Japan
    残存共鳴 第三章, RITMUS, Saga, Japan

  • 2020

    Saudade, Duo exhibition, 水金地火木土天冥海, Tokyo, Japan
    Modern Japan Craft 20′, Public Record, Auckland, New Zealand
    1000VASES, GALERIE JOSEPH PARIS, France
    ikei, Ibitsu, Miyazaki, Japan
    溶け合う異素材, shop&gallery Chiniashitukeru, Kyoto, Japan
    Kogei-Seika Fair, pragmata, Tokyo, Japan

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