GALLERY crossing

Shun Kumagai

Shun Kumagai,Untitled,2022,Glass and soil

Shun Kumagai,Untitled,2022,Glass and soil

Shun Kumagai,Untitled,2020,Glass and soil, 24 x 21 x 21cm

Shun Kumagai,Untitled,2022,Glass and soil

Shun Kumagai,Untitled,2020,Glass and soil,16.5 x 18 x 18cm

Born in Akita, Japan, in 1983. After completion of his degree in glass in Akita, he worked with glass in Toyama for 5 years. Hemoved his base to Akita in 2017 and currently works in his own glass studio. His work is created by first making a prototype with wax, then using that to make a mold out of gypsum, and finally pouring cast glass onto the mold. The convection current and changes to the glass inside the kiln cannot be controlled and forms the element of surprise. The thick layer of glass poured onto the mold stores the light and mix with the clay glazed on the surface and the metal poured into it to form a complex scenery. While it is reminiscent of ancient glass and ruins, it is also full of new light and hope.




  • 2021
    "Happiness", pragmata gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    "akita no iro", Contemporary Crafts Centre, Hong Kong
    "rinne", tonoto, Kyoto, Japan
    "Shun Kumagai Exhibition", sumica, Yokohama, Japan
  • 2020
    "Vessels Brimming with Light", GALLERY crossing, Gifu, Japan
    "Shun Kumagai Exhibition", wad+, Osaka, Japan
    "electric dreams", pragmata gallery Tokyo, Japan


  • 2021
    "Cloister",Shun Kumagai+meguru Duo exhibition,Fetishism, Shanghai, China
    "The VIEWING ROOM", GALLERY crossing, Gifu, Japan
    "zanzonkyomei," RITMUS, Saga, Japan
  • 2020
    "Saudade, Duo exhibition", suikinchikamokudotenmeikai, Tokyo, Japan
    "Modern Japan Craft 20'", Public Record, Auckland, New Zealand
    "ike", Ibitsu, Miyazaki, Japan
    "tokeau isozai", Chiniashitukeru, Kyoto, Japan
    "Kogei-Seika Fair", pragmata, Tokyo, Japan