Kawase Shinobu (b. 1950) was born in Oiso, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. After high school graduation, he began working with his father, Kawase Chikushun II, a Master of Chinese ceramic styles. In 1974 he was invited to participate in the Japan Traditional Craft and Art Exhibition and has been invited every year since then. In 1977 he became the youngest regular member of the Japan Crafts Society. Numerous group and solo shows in Japan, Europe and the United States followed.
Today, Kawase Shinobu is regarded as Japan’s most outstanding celadon artist working with the ceramic traditions of the Tang and Song dynasties. With his exquisite technique and immaculate glazing, he has developed a highly personal style that is at once traditional and thoroughly modern.
His works are represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), among others.