Shūseki (III), Toru Horiguchi

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.

Awards

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)

Exhibitions

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

Collection

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