The winner of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2019 is…

Genta Ishizuka for his work Surface Tactility #11, 2018

After a months-long process, which saw over 2500 submissions whittled down to 29 finalists, our jury have reviewed the short list and crowned Genta Ishizuka as their overall winner. The jury is made up of creative industry leaders and luminaries, Jonathan Anderson and the Craft Prize’s 2018 winner Jennifer Lee.

Jonathan Anderson, LOEWE creative director, commented on this year’s winner: ‘Ishizuka’s work proves that craft can be open and shows the freedom of creation. His use of an ancient lacquer technique in a contemporary form breaks conventions and represents a new sculptural vision in craft.’

The Jury also agreed upon two special mentions. Harry Morgan for the work ‘Untitled’ from Dichotomy Series, 2018 and Kazuhito Takadoi for the work KADO (Angle), 2018.

From the 26 June to 22 July, Genta Ishizuka’s winning piece and all the finalists’ works will be showcased at a free exhibition at Isamu Noguchi’s indoor stone garden ‘Heaven’ inside the Sogetsu Kaikan building in Tokyo. From ceramics, furniture and glassware, to basketry, jewellery and blacksmithing, the show demonstrates the artists’ quests to reconcile the ancient with the avant-garde.

 

 

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Genta Ishizuka
Surface Tactility #11
Urushi, styrene foam balls, 2 way tricot, linen cloth

 

Using the simple motif of a bag of oranges as his point of departure, Ishizuka elevates this humble form through his expert use of lacquer. The allure of the gloss of his material creates an immediately sensual attraction that is contemporary in its appeal, belying the fact that the urushi lacquer technique originates from Japan between the 7th and 8th centuries.

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Harry Morgan
Untitled' from Dichotomy Series
Glass, concrete

 

Harry Morgan’s work inverts the rules of gravity and creates objects that are completely counterintuitive. Referencing the brutality of architecture and the craft of Venetian glass making, a dense mass of concrete sits on top of a block of individual glass laments. His works establish a powerful relationship between the two contrasting materials as they merge to become one form.

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Kazuhito Takadoi
KADO (Angle)
Hawthorn twigs, waxed linen twine

 

Working entirely in organic matter grown by himself, Takadoi sews together branches, grasses and reeds to create forms that shift and change as the material matures and evolves. Over time, a more subtle palette of colour is gradually revealed by this process. This work has a severity of form that puts in play ideas surrounding void versus solid, and shadow versus light.

Surface Tactility #11, 2018 by Genta Ishizuka wins the Craft Prize 2019

Jonathan Anderson, LOEWE creative director, commented on this year’s winner: ‘Ishizuka’s work proves that craft can be open and shows the freedom of creation. His use of an ancient lacquer technique in a contemporary form breaks conventions and represents a new sculptural vision in craft.’

The Jury also agreed upon two special mentions:

Harry Morgan, for the work ‘Untitled’ from Dichotomy Series, 2018. The jury commented: ‘This radical work by Harry Morgan is a paradoxical confrontation of materials which don’t belong together. He brings a craft spirit to common materials.’

Kazuhito Takadoi for the work KADO (Angle), 2018. The jury admired the work for ‘being a craft without a name’ and applauded the fact that Takadoi is involved in the piece from conception, from growing the material in his garden to creating an object with a very powerful form.

Jennifer Lee, Winner of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2018, observer of this year’s prize said: ‘This year’s finalists prove that old traditions of making continue to surprise us and be radical and contemporary. The prize makes you inquisitive and opens your mind to new ways of making and working with materials.’

The Finalists of the LOEWE Craft Prize 2019

29 works have been selected as Finalists by the Experts Panel.
These works will take part of the LOEWE Craft Prize 2019 exhibition that will travel to Tokyo, from 26 June – 22 July 2019.

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Jury / Experts Panel 2019

Jury:

 - Anatxu Zabalbeascoa (Chairwoman), Architecture and design correspondent for El País.
 - Benedetta Tagliabue, Architect and Pritzker Prize jury member.
 - Deyan Sudjic, Essayist and Director of Design Museum, London.
 - Enrique Loewe, LOEWE FOUNDATION Honorary President.
 - Hong Nam-Kim, President of the National Trust of Korea.
 - Jennifer Lee, Winner of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize second edition.
 - Jonathan Anderson, LOEWE Creative Director.
 - Naoto Fukasawa, Designer and Director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum.
 - Patricia Urquiola, architect and industrial designer.
 - Wang Shu, Architect and Pritzker Prize jury member.
 - Wolfgang Lösche, Head of Exhibition and Fairs at the Chamber of Skilled Trades, Munich.

Experts Panel:

- Adi Toch, Metal artist and finalist of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2017.
- Anatxu Zabalbeascoa (Executive Secretary), Architecture and design correspondent for El País.
- Antonia Boström, Director of Collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
- Joonyong Kim, Glass artist and finalist of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2018.
- Krzysztof Lukasik, LOEWE accessories designer.
- Min Chen, Furniture designer and finalist of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2018.
- Paula Aza, LOEWE Head of Architecture.
- Sara Flynn, Ceramist and finalist of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2017.
- Ramón Puig Cuyàs, Jewellery artist.

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LOEWE Craft Prize 2019 Exhibition
Sogetsu Kaikan, Tokyo

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LOEWE Craft Prize 2019 Exhibition
Sogetsu Kaikan, Tokyo

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LOEWE Craft Prize 2019 Exhibition
Sogetsu Kaikan, Tokyo

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LOEWE Craft Prize 2019 Exhibition
Sogetsu Kaikan, Tokyo

About the Craft Prize

The LOEWE Craft Prize seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time.

All entries should

fall within an area of applied arts, such as ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass, paper, wood, etc.
be an original work, handmade or partly handmade
have been created in the last five years
be one-of a-kind
have won no prizes previously
demonstrate artistic intent.

The Prize for the winning entry is 50,000 euros. The winning work selected by the Jury, as well as the works of the finalists selected by the Experts Panel will be included in an exhibition and accompanying catalogue “LOEWE Craft Prize 2019”, on view in Japan.

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Trophy
Alex Brogden, 2016

Trophy
Alex Brogden, 2016

How to participate

Read the Rules of Entry and make sure you comply with all requirements. All participants must be professional artisans 18 years or older. Entries may be made by an individual or collective (as a ‘group submission’). All nationalities are welcome.

Make sure the work: 
demonstrates artistic intent in addition to technical proficiency 
is an original piece, handmade or partly handmade 
is recently created (in the last five years), and one-of-a-kind, and has not won any prizes previously 
is innovative, in the sense that it updates tradition 
falls within an area of the applied arts, such as ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass, paper, wood, etc.

Complete the online registration in English 
You need 2 to 5 photographs of the work (or series) and optionally a video.
Write a brief conceptual statement about the work.
Submit your application by 30 October 2019.

 

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Hervé Guibert
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LOEWE Miami Design District
Miami Art Basel 2018

LOEWE FOUNDATION

The LOEWE FOUNDATION was established as a private cultural Foundation in 1988 by Enrique Loewe Lynch, a fourth-generation member of LOEWE’s founding family. Today, under the direction of his daughter Sheila Loewe, the Foundation continues to promote creativity, support educational programmes and safeguard heritage in the fields of poetry, dance, photography, art and craft. The Foundation was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts, the highest honour granted by the Spanish Government, in 2002.

One of the primary purposes for which the LOEWE FOUNDATION was established was to support design and craftsmanship.

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