LOVE KOGEI is a global community of artists, educators, and art professionals.
The LOVE KOGEI provides a space to share information and introduce people and ideas related to Kogei.
- Institute of Kogei
- A cherished life with art and craft
Every day we are busy with the stresses of contemporary life.
In the morning I sigh as I hold my cup of coffee.
In this moment I touch the texture of the clay.
My heart is warmed by my memory of the potter.
The Institute of Kogei is a global community of artists, educators, and art professionals.
The Institute of Kogei is an international team of reseachers dedicated to the promotion, understanding, and appriciation of KOGEI.
At the Institute of Kogei we believe in the ability of humankind to coexist peacefully with people of different cultures. We value the importance of environmental responsibility and desire to leave a beautiful earth for the next generation.
In Japan, there are traditional skills in art and craft that have been handed down for generations. The artist communicates with nature and when providence shines down upon them, they inherit a spirit that seeks to create beautiful objects of truth and purity. This aspiration that aims for honest, careful craftsmanship underlies the spirit of all those involved in creating items that are Made in Japan.
In contemporary society, the harsh economic influence of globalization has created a culture that threatens the next generation of Kogei. We believe our role is to advocate for the future, a global Kogei movement in coexistence with nature, sharing an esthetic to the world.
President Mieko SAWADA
Vice President Derek Larsen
Vice President Yoshito Nakano
Dr. Mieko SAWADA, Professor
Critics of Arts and Crafts
Ph.D. (studies in Language and Culture, Osaka University of Foreign Studies)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Matsugasaki Sakyo-ku Kyoto 606-8585 Japan
Mieko Sawada is a professor of Japanese language and culture at the Kyoto Institute of Technology specializing in Linguistics and KOGEI (Japanese Arts and crafts). She is a writer, academic, and critic of Arts and Crafts and award-winning educator. Between 2006 and 2011 she received a subsidy from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Professor Sawada and her students used these funds to conduct activities that would preserve and revitalize Kyoto’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage. In November 2010 Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO visited and appreciated her project. Following this meeting the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO began support of her activities.
- 2008 - 2018 Kyoto Institute of Technology, Professor
2003 - 2008 Kyoto Institute of Technology, Associate Professor
1996 - 2003 Kobe University Center for International education, Associate Professor
1993 - 1996 Kobe University Center for International education, lecture
- 2017-2019 Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Grant, Challenging Research （Exploratory）. Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research.
2009-2011 Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Grants for project title “Creation and Implementation of Human Resource Development programs to Support the Preservation and Revitalization of Cultural Heritage in Kyoto, the Cultural and Artistic Capital of Japan”
2006-2008 Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Grants for project title“Educational program for advanced manufacturing through the fusion of traditional technology and modern science”
1991 – 1992 Université Stendhal Grenoble 3, lecture,France
- 2012 KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY President AWARD, Excellence of Project．
- Selected Bibliography
- 2018 JAPANESE CRAFTSMANSHIP, SHOGAKUKAN
2018 Ceramic Anthology in Kyoto, Rironsha Press.
2017 Beauty through the Seasons Japanese Arts and Crafts, Japan International Cooperation Agency Press.
2015 KYOTO ARTISANS, Rironsha Press.
2014 LETS US NOT FORGET, Kyoto Institute of Technology Press.
2013 KOGEI no Shiki, Kyoto Newspaper Center Press.
2011 KOGEI 2011, Kyoto Institute of Technology Press.
2008 A family of decorative metalworkers -Legitimate Peripheral Participation, Kyoto Institute of Technology Press.