The Kogei World Competition in Kanazawa is an international competition that showcases new innovations in craft (kogei). The competition calls for entries that utilize craft techniques to create expressive works of art characterized by outstanding concepts or ideas. The theme for the competition is “Craft Visions.” We look forward to works that discerningly capture the essence of contemporary expression from the perspective of craft. The competition will encourage the bold participation of young artists by newly offering a Next Generation Award for entrants under 35. Applicable genres and materials include ceramics, metal, textiles, lacquer, dolls, wood, bamboo, glass, leather, enamel, paper, and others. We look forward to receiving entries that usher in a new era.

Isobel Dennis (UK)
Fair Director, Collect, Crafts Council

Monika Bincsik (USA)
Diane and Arthur Abbey Associate Curator for Japanese Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Cho Hyeyoung (Korea)
Head Curator, Tongyeong Triennale, Korea; Member, International Academy of Ceramics (IAC)

Lin Mun-lee (Taiwan)
Chair, National Culture and Arts Foundation; Professor Emeritus, National Taipei University of Education; Former Director, National Palace Museum

Karasawa Masahiro (Japan)
Director, National Crafts Museum

Aoyagi Masanori (Japan)
Director, Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art; Chair, Tama Art University; Former Commissioner for Cultural Affairs

Hasegawa Yuko (Japan)
Director, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; Professor, Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts

Ohi Toyasai (Japan)
Ceramic artist; Recipient of the Order of Culture; Member of the Japan Art Academy, Japan

Nakagawa Mamoru (Japan)
Metalcraft artist; Living National Treasure

[Application and Judging Schedule]
Application Deadline:
Works must arrive by 11:59 p.m. (JST) on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

First Round of Judging: Middle of May, 2022
Images of the works and materials submitted by the applicants will undergo an initial judging round, and works that continue to the final judging will be selected. Results will be reported only to entrants whose works are selected during the first round of judging.

Final Judging: Sunday, July 31, 2022
Applicants who have submitted works that pass the first round of judging will be requested to bring or send the works themselves to a designated location within a designated period. These works will then undergo final judging, and the award winners will be selected.


cash prize award: $ 20,175.00 USD