Seizou Kawaguchi is a professional woodcraft artist specializes in the excavating method. He opted to take his Bachelor’s Degree in crafts and was especially drawn to the woodcraft during his school days. He started working in a joinery shop after completing his degree and further developed his skill and technique in woodworking for 35 years.
His creative beginnings started when his artwork was exhibited for Japan’s traditional crafts exhibition in 1992. He has been accepted at the exhibition since then and has achieved a number of prizes to date. In 2020, He received the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon for his work.
＊the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon…One of Japan’s greatest honors. This award is given to those who have made outstanding achievements in the field of academic and artistic inventions and improvements.
1962 Born in Nagoya, Aichi
1992 ”Nagoya Mayor’s Prize”, Tōkai Traditional Crafts Exhibition
Selected for the first time at the Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition (18 times since then)
1994 Aichi Prefectural Board of Education Prize”, Tōkai Traditional Crafts Exhibition
1996 ”Nagoya Mayor’s Prize, Japan Industrial Arts Association Regular Member Exhibition
2001 “Chubu Kintetsu Prize”, Tōkai Traditional Crafts Exhibition
2005 “Maruei Prize”, Tōkai Traditional Crafts Exhibition
2007 “Tokyo Metropolitan Governor’s Prize”, Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
2013 “Japan Society of Arts and Crafts Prize”, Japan Traditional Craft Wood and Bamboo Exhibition
2014 “Japan Industrial Arts Association Prize”, Tōkai Traditional Craft Exhibition
2020 The Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon
Currently a regular member of Japan Kōgei Association