Shūseki (III), Toru Horiguchi
Toru Horiguchi was born in Tokyo in 1976. After apprenticing under the second Shūseki, Tomio Suda (designated by Tokyo’s Kōtō ward as a Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property), Toru inherited his master’s tile and succeeded to the position of ‘Shūseki (III)’. Not soon after, he established his own studio, ‘Horiguchi Kiriko’. Toru is a certified Traditional Craftsman of Edo Kiriko.
Toru’s works have been the subject of many highly acclaimed exhibitions in Japan, such as his self-titled showcase ‘Toru Horiguchi, Shūseki (III)’ at Tokyo’s prestigious Takashimaya department store. However, he has also exhibited abroad in such locations as New York City, Paris and London - where he was invited to display at the Embassy of Japan in the UK. Toru’s craftsmanship has earned him numerous awards, including, amongst others, the ORBIS Award (CEO) for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), an award for outstanding performance from the annual ‘Edo Kiriko New Work Exhibition’ and the much converted Good Design Award.
|2016||Good Design Award - Japanese Tea Pet-Bottle Design produced by ASAHI SOFT DRINKS CO., LTD (Asahi-Inryo Rokujyo Mugicya Pet-Bottle Design)
Japan Package Contest, Japan Star Award - Asahi-Inryo Rokujyo Mugicya Pet-Bottle Design
Asia Star Contest, Asia star award - Asahi-Inryo Rokujyo Mugicya Pet-Bottle Design
|2013||Good Design Award - Tokyo Crafts & Design (which includes 2 of Toru’s works 'Paper Weight Moire’ and ‘Kiriko Ring’)|
|2011||Selected Work - Japan Craft Award 50th Anniversary|
|2010||Highest Award - 'TOKYO SKY TREE 2010’ Edo Kiriko New Work Award (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Director-General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau Award)
ORBIS Group CSR CEO Award
|2009||Highest Award - 'Inside beauty’ Edo Kiriko New Work Award (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Director-General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau Award)|
|2017||A collaboration project of Kanto-METI (Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry) and Singapore deign department ‘Kyo Project’ / Singapore|
|2016||Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan ‘Japan Brand Project’ / Finland, France and UK
Design Code / Roppongi Hills
|2015||Solo Exhibition ‘SHUSEKI, the third’ / Takashimaya Nihonbashi
Cut-Glass Accents / Japanese Embassy in London
|2014||Cut x Cut - Photographer Michiharu Baba x SHUSEKI, the third / Ruan Ginza Gallary
TOKYO WANDERING CRAFT 2014 / Shibuya Hikarie 47 MUSEUM
GLOBAL EXHIBITION EN / Shibuya Hikarie Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo
NIPPONISTA / Isetan Mitsukoshi (As a part of New York Fashion Week)
|2013||Edo Kiriko – 15 Young Talents who carries Japanese traditional / Itochu Aoyama Art Square|
|2012||Edo Kiriko – Beauty and Tradition of Japanese Cut Glass / Seto Museum
COOL JAPAN WAO - Craft Renaissance Project (Selected Exhibitor) / New York, Paris
365 Days Charming Everyday Things (Selected Exhibitor) /Paris, Japan
Kirameki Leads Us to the Shiny Future / POLA GINZA Window Display
|2011||EXHIBITION Toru Horiguchi v2 (Solo Exhibition) / Wada Gallery
Edo Kiriko – Beauty and Tradition of Japanese Cut Glass’ (Exhibitor) / Machida City Museum
Temporary Special Exhibition (Invited Exhibitor) / Ishikawa Prefecture Traditional Industry and Craft Gallery
Art Chicago (Exhibitor) / Chicago
Art Fair Kyoto (Exhibitor) / Kyoto
|2010||The Art Show JAPAN (Group Exhibitor) / Wada Gallery
Exhibition Toru Horiguchi v1 (Solo Exhibition) / Wada Gallery
|2009||‘Brilliant Noël – Shine - / POLA MUSEUM ANNEX|
POLA ORBIS HOLDINGS INC.
Senna Misawa was born in Gunma Prefecture in 1989. Senna became aware of the works of Shūseki (III) Toru Horiguchi during her undergraduate studies at Meiji University’s School of Business. What she saw left a deep impression and upon graduation she immediately sought an apprenticeship. In 2014, she entered Horiguchi Kiriko with the determination to one day inherit the skills, techniques and teachings of the Edo Kiriko craft.
Yuki Sakamoto was born in Hokkaidō (the northernmost of Japan’s main islands) in 1998. While studying at Rumoi high school, Yuki became interested in traditional glass cutting and applied to Horiguchi Kiriko in the hope of receiving a work experience placement. In 2017, he entered the company as a full time member of staff which, at that time, made him Japan’s youngest Edo Kiriko apprentice. Everyday, he approaches his work with diligence and devotion.