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Shozo Michikawa

b. 1953

Shozo Michikawa was born on the northern most island in Japan, Hokkaido. He initially had a career in business after graduating from Aoyama Gakuin University, but took up evening classes in art where he discovered his talent and passion for pottery.  A few years later, Michikawa made the decision to give up his life in business and to focus on creating ceramics.

In July 2005, he was given the honour of being the first Japanese artist to have a solo exhibition of his art in The Forbidden City, Beijing.

Michikawa's ceramics have been widely exhibited in Japan and around the world, including China, America, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the Philippines, Mongolia, and the UK.

"The energy of nature is truly immense. No matter how much our sciences and civilisation might evolve, the power of human beings is inconsequential in the face of natural threats such as typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, and erupting volcanoes. I think this is why the works created by the natural world, for example, the patterns formed by the winds on the desert sands, or a majestic cliff overlooking the ocean, contain a power that can never be imitated by human hands. My own creative activities have been inspired by various phenomena in the natural world; even those that can be seen in everyday life."

Shozo Michikawa, essay from the Forbidden City exhibition catalogue

Portrait of Shozo Michikawa Kohiki Sculptural Form

Solo Exhibitions

  1. Shozo Michikawa 29 January - 5 February 2021
  2. Shozo Michikawa - Sasama 1 - 24 September 2020
  3. Shozo Michikawa - Forty Years, Forty Pots 11 October - 2 November 2017
  4. Shozo Michikawa - Forbidden City - 2015 28 October - 26 November 2015
  5. Shozo Michikawa - 2013 Solo Exhibition 6 November - 4 December 2013
  6. Shozo Michikawa - 2011 Solo Exhibition 16 November - 9 December 2011

Group Exhibitions

  1. Small Works, Great Artists 15 February - 11 March 2022
  2. Small Works, Great Artists 19 March - 6 April 2021
  3. TEA BOWLS BY 9 ARTISTS - Online Exhibition 15 - 29 April 2020
  4. Small Works, Great Artists 26 February - 21 March 2019
  5. Glass, Textiles, Lacquer & Ceramic 31 October - 21 November 2018