About

Born in 1976, Hata Shunsai III is a metal artist whose family has been rooted in Kanaya-machi for generations. Kanaya-machi is a district in Takaoka, a city in Toyama prefecture, which is steeped in history. This area of Japan has been well known for centuries for its exceptional metal ware crafts. To this day, some of the best metal artists, including Living National Treasures, hail from this area. Hata has carried on his family’s tradition of making teakettles, learning the craft by observing his father at work since his youth.

He says, “I select water as my main theme, and I create designs that give an impression of transparency so that the viewer becomes unaware of the underlying iron; I make it a policy to create works unique to myself, by incorporating contemporary elements while maintaining time-honored traditions.” Among the several awards he has received is the NHK Chairman’s Award at The 60th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition in 2013.

Exhibition

Selected Exhibitions:
2015–2018: Asia Week, New York, US
2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan
2015: Modern Crafts and the Tea Ceremony, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
The Best of Toyama: Kōgei Art and Design from Japan, Onishi Gallery, New York, US
2013: From Crafts to Kōgei: In Commemoration of the 60th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition, From Crafts to Kōgei: In Commemoration of the 60th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition