Masahiro Karasawa

Masahiro Karasawa

Director of National Crafts Museum

Born in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan in 1964.
He received master’s degree in fine arts from Aichi University of the Arts. After working as a curator at Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, he became a chief researcher at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in 2003, the chief of craft section in 2010 and the director of National Crafts Museum form 2020. In 2021, he became the director of National Crafts Museum.

He received a prize at the 39th Koyama Fujio Memorial Award in 2018.
He is an expert in modern and contemporary history of craft and a judge of Japan Ceramic Society Award.

He authored Kamabetsu Guide Nihon no Yakimono Seto (Guide to Japanese Pottery by Kilns in Seto) (Tankosha Publishing), and he is a co-author of Kamabetsu Guide Nihon no Yakimono Mino (Guide to Japanese Pottery by Kilns in Mino) (Tankosha Publishing), Nihon Yakimonoshi (History of Japanese Pottery) (Bijyutsu Shuppansha).

He has curated exhibitions such as:
Seiji o Kiwameru‐Okabe Mineo Ten”(Mineo Okabe; A Retrospective)
Gendai Kogei He No Shiten, Chaji O Megutte” (About the tea ceremony-A Viewpoint on Contemporary Kōgei)
Nihon Dento Kogei Ten 60kai Kinen, Kogei Kara KŌGEI He” (From Craft to KŌGEI, Commemoration of the 60th Japan Kōgei Exhibition)
Seiji No Ima –Uketsugareta Waza To Bi Nanso Kara Gendai Made” (Celadon Now: Techniques and Beauty Handed Down from Southern Song to Today)
The Bizen ∸Tsuchi to Honoh Kara Umareru Zoukeibi∸” (Bizen: From Earth and Fire, Exquisite Forms)