Shozo Michikawa was born 1953 in Hokkaido, the most northern area of Japan. Michikawa studied at Aoyama Gakuin University from where he graduated in 1975. He initially had a career in business, but took up evening classes in art where he discovers his talent and passion for pottery. A few years later, Shozo Michikawa made the decision to give up his life in business and to focus on creating ceramics. He settled his base of ceramics activity to Seto, Aichi. His exhibitions are held widely in Japan and foreign countries like China, Phillipines, Mongolia, France, USA, and UK.


Awards and Distinctions


2019
Final, LOEWE Craft Prize 2019, LOEWE FOUNDATION, Tokyo, Japan


2018
International Craft fair Gold-medal, Munich, Germany


2005
Grand Prix CERAM ICAM OSAICO, Ravenna, Italy


1991
“Shinpei Asai Prize”, Design Forum in Seto, Japan


Collections


2019
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK


2018
Musee Cernuschi, Paris, France


2017
International Museum of Ceramic in Faenza, Faenza, Italy
Crocker Art Museum Sacramento, CA, USA
Worcester Art Museum, MA, USA
Ashmolean Museum of Art, Oxford, UK


2016
Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza, Italy


2015
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK


2014
MK&G, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany


2013
Shimada City Museum, Shimada, Japan


2012
Modern Glass & Ceramic Museum of Coburg, Germany


2010
Los Angels County Museum of Art, CA, USA


2009
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK
University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK


2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, USA


2006

China-Japan Exchange Center, Beijing, China
Qinglingsi, Temple, Xi'an, China

 

Solo Exhibitions


2019
"power of passion", GALERIE hu, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
"40th Anniversary Exhibition, Shozo Michikawa", Sokyo Gallery, Kyoto, Japan


2018
”40ans Shozo Michikawa", Mizen Fine Art International, Paris, France
”40th anniversary Exhibition", Japan Art, Frankfurt, Germany
”40th anniversary Exhibition", Officine Saffi, Milan Italy


2017
“40years 40pots”, Erskin, Hall&Coe, London, UK
“Shozo Michikawa”, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, USA
“Nature into Art”, Silverlens Gallery, Manila, Philippines


2016
“Shozo Michikawa”, Centro Cultural Las Condes in Santiago, Santiago, Chile
“Shozo Michikawa”, Japan Art, Frankfurt, Germany
“Nature into Art”, Di Legno Gallery, Singapore
“NATURE INTO ART”, Seto Ceramics and Glass Art Center, Seto, Japan
“Shozo Michikawa”, Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza, Italy


2015
“The Forbidden City”, Erskin, Hall&Coe, London, UK
“Ballades en Terres”, Mizen Fine Art, Paris, France
“Shozo Michikawa”, Puls Contemporary Gallery, Brusels, Belgium


2014
“Shozo Michikawa”, Japan Art, Frankfurt, Germany
“Shozo Michikawa”, Helene Aziza, Paris, France
“Nature into Art”, Galerie hu, Nagoya, Japan

 

2013
“Shozo Michikawa”, Erskine, Hall &Coe, London, UK
“Shozo Michikawa”, Peter Kummermann, Geneva, Switzerland
“Shozo Michikawa”, Nihonbashi MITUKOSHI Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2012
“Nature into Art”, MATERIA, Quebec, Canada
“Shozo Michikawa”, Galerie Helene Poree, Paris, France


2011
“Shozo Michikawa”, Erskine, Hall &Coe, London, UK
“The Nature of Clay”, Cavin- Morris Gallery, NYC, USA
“Shozo Michikawa”, Puls Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
“Shozo Michikawa”, Terra Rossa, Leipzig, Germany
“Nature into Art”, Galerie hu, Nagoya,Japan


2009
“Nature into Art”, Galerie Besson, London, UK
“Shozo Michikawa”, Art Gallery Oyama, Osaka, Japan


2008
“Shozo Michikawa”, Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris, France
“Shozo Michikawa”, Gallerie hu, Nagoya, Japan


2007
“30 years 30 pots”, Galerie Besson, London, UK
“30 years 30 pots”, IZUKAN GALLERY, Manila, Philippines
“Shozo Michikawa”, Gallery Tokyo Eizo, Tokyo, Japan


2006
“Shozo Michikawa”, Puls Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


2005
“Shozo Michikawa”, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, USA
“Returning to Nature’s Simplicity and Truth”, Shandong Museum, Shandong ,China
“Returning to Nature’s Simplicity and Truth”, Forbidden City, Beijing ,China
“Shozo Michikawa”, Wa-noi, Shizuoka, Japan
“Shozo Michikawa”, IZUKAN GALLERY


2004
“Shozo Michikawa”, Galerie Besson, London, UK


2003
“Shozo Michikawa”, IZUKAN GALLERY, Manila, Philippines
“Shozo Michikawa”, Matsuzakaya Department Store Gallery, Shizuoka, Japan
“Shozo Michikawa”, TOBU Department Store Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2001
“Shozo Michikawa”, UlaanBaatar Art Gallery, UlaanBaatar, Mongolia
“Shozo Michikawa”, TOBU Department Store Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2000
“Shozo Michikawa”, TOBU Department Store Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Shozo Michikawa”, Mitsukoshi Department Store Gallery, Kurashiki, Japan


1997
“Shozo Michikawa”, Hiraya Gallery, Manila, Philippines
“Shozo Michikawa”, Tokyu Department Store Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


1996
“Shozo Michikawa”, Hiraya Gallery, Manila, Philippines


1995
“Shozo Michikawa”, Hankyu Department Store Gallery, Osaka, Japan


Group Exhibitions


2019
“Manpower, Shozo Michikawa and Hans Vangso”, A. PETERSEN Collection & Craft, Copenhagen, Denmark
Design Miami, Pierre Marie Giraud, Miami, USA
Design Basel, Pierre Marie Giraud, Basel, Switzerland
TEFAF, Pierre Marie Giraud, Maastricht, the Netherland
Art Fair Tokyo, Sokyo gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2018
“60th edition of the Faenza prize”, MIC in Faenza, Italy
“About a Vace”, Museo Montelupo, Italy
“NIHON NOW”, Galerie Du Don, France
“Modern Masters”, Munich, Germany
“Masterpieces - 400 Years of Japanese Ceramics”, Höganäs, Sweden


2017
Design Basel ,Pierre Marie Giraud, Basel ,Switzerland
Art Fair Philippines ,Silverlens Gallery, Manila ,Philippines
“Love and Violence”, Mizen Fine Arts, Padova, Italy


2016
“Contemporary Japanese Ceramics”, Officine Saffi, Milano, Italy
Singapore Contemporary Art show, Di Legno, Singapore


2015
“International Ceramics” Shimada City Museum, Shimada, Japan
“International Ceramics” Erskin, Hall &Coe, London, UK


2014
Art Ceram, Sevres, France
“Japanese Ceramics”, Erskin, Hall &Coe, London, UK
"Tea Bowl Show" Oxford Ceramics Gallery, Oxford, UK
ICC DELHI 2014 Art Fair, Delhi, India


2012
International trade fair "Modern masters", Munich, Germany
NCECA "The World in a Cup", Seattle, USA
SOFA New York, Erskin, Hall &Coe, NYC, USA
COLLECT, Erskin, Hall &Coe, London, UK
HANHYANGLIM/ONGGIMUSEUM, Heyri, Korea


2011
"Pots from Seven Countries", Galerie Besson, London, UK
Art of pacfic Asia Show, Cavin–Morris Gallery, NYC, USA
International Ceramics Exhibition, Sasama, Japan


2010
SOFA New York, Galerie Besson, NYC, USA
COLLECT, Galerie Besson, London, UK
"Pots & Paper", Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
"Summer Exhibition", Galerie Besson, London, UK
“Keramicos Collection”, Harlem, The Netherlands


2009
“Soft Beauty of Traditional Shino”,Concord University, Athens, WV, USA
“The Art of Japanese Craft 1870 to the Present”, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
SOFA Chicago ,Galerie Besson, Chicago, USA


2008
SOFA NY ,Galerie Besson, NYC, USA
”A Japanese Dialogue” ,The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
“The Great North Art Show”, Ripon, UK
”Twenty Years - Twenty Pots”, Galerie Besson, London, UK
”Tutor Exhibition”, Sussex Barn Gallery, Chichester, UK
International Ceramics, Giroussens, France


2006
“Japanese Clafts Exhibition”, Galerie Besson, London, UK


2005
“Ceremica Mosaico Exhibition”, Ravenna, Italy
“Summer Exhibition”, Galerie Besson, London, UK
“With Joy Brown”, The Signature shop and Gallery, Atlanta, USA


2004
“Japanese Ceramics”, Galerie Besson, London, UK
“Maiden Bridge Exhibition”,Maiden Bridge Farm, Lancaster, UK
SOFA Chicago, Galerie Besson, Chicago, USA


2003
“Summer Exhibition”, Galerie Besson, London, UK


2002
“Accompaniments of Tea”, Daiichi Gallery, NYC, USA


1999
“Gallery pots”, Gallerie Besson, London, UK


1996
“101Pitcher Exhibition”, Terres de Provence, Paris, France


Workshops


Higham Hall, UK, 2003-2012
West Dean College, UK, 2007-


Shozo Michikawa has workshops all over the world such as in: Belgium, France, Ireland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Republic of the Philippines, Mongolia, South Korea, Spain, Austria, Chile, Singapore, Indonesia, Sweden


International Ceramic Art Festival (ICAF) in Sasama, Japan
Shozo Michikawa managed the International Ceramic Art Festival in Sasama as an art director. (2011/ 2013/2015/2017)