Kinichi Shigeno was born in Japan and studied ceramics at the Ceramic Institute in Seto. After a seven year apprenticeship and a year in Arita researching porcelain bodies, he moved to Canada in 1981.
Shigeno’s work is influenced by traditional Kutani patterns and colors which are closely associated with contemporary forms. The balance between these elements has enabled him to produce a body of work which can be viewed as a unique blend of east and west. The exploration of three dimensional shapes and colors to enhance images has enabled him to work in both functional ware and sculpture.
Since moving to British Columbia and establishing his studio, he has exhibited both nationally and internationally. In 1989 he was one of two Canadians who’s work was included in the prestigious International Ceramics Art Competition in Faenza, Italy. More recently his work has been exhibited at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan and at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Ontario.
Kinichi Shigeno’s artworks are in private and corporate collections around the world. Collections include: Maxwell House in Toronto; Campbell Soup Museum in Camden New Jersey; Claridge Collection in Montreal; Richmond Art Gallery in Richmond, Canada; Castelli Institute of Art in Teramo Italy; Canadian Craft Museum in Vancouver Canada; Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taipei Taiwan; and the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Canada.