Shūseki (III), Toru Horiguchi
Born in 1976, in Tokyo. After completing an apprenticeship under the tutelage of the 2nd Shūseki, Tomio Suda (Certified Holder of Intangible Cultural Property of Koto Ward), he inherits his mentor’s title as the 3rd Shūseki. He founds Horiguchi Kiriko and is certified as a Japanese Traditional Artisan (in Edo-kiriko). He has won numerous awards such as Best Prize at the Edo-kiriko New Works Exhibition and the Good Design Award. His works have been exhibited not only in Japan but also all over the world, such as: New York, Paris and London, gaining global acclaim, where his creations are collected by museums.
He has widely expanded his activities beyond usual boundaries, working for example on lighting in luxury hotels and supervising package designs.
While promoting the qualities of Edo-kiriko, he is recently also devoting his efforts on training his successors.
|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 ‘SHŪSEKI, the third’ / Takashimaya Nihonbashi
Cut-Glass Accents / Japanese Embassy in London
|2014||Cut x Cut - Photographer Michiharu Baba x SHŪSEKI, 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.
Machida City Museum
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Senna Misawa was born in Gunma Prefecture of Japan in 1989. Senna Graduated from Meiji University with a degree in Commercial Science. During her time at University, she seeks for apprenticeship to Shūseki (III), Toru Horiguchi after being fascinated by his work. Senna finally joins HORIGUCHI KIRIKO INC. in 2014. She is devoted to becoming a successor of Edo Kiriko’s advanced techniques and methods. From July 2019, she had been given a chance to start her own line of Edo Kiriko ware “SENA MISAWA”.
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.