The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa, first established in 1984 as the world’s only international glass exhibition, calling for entries from the international public, will enjoy its 13th event in 2016. In each of the past events, the exhibition drew many excellent works from about 40 countries around the world, and it has been highly recognized as “the world showcase of contemporary glass art.”
 Kanazawa City, the home of the exhibition, is renowned as one of the representative traditional cities in Japan. The city’s blessed natural environment with the delights of four seasons has maturated many arts and crafts such as lacquer ware and ceramics, which are treasured and utilized as an integral part of the people’s daily lives even today. In such an environment, this exhibition has been repeated for the purpose of breeding in Kanazawa a new culture and an industry utilizing glass, which we hope would synergistically stimulate the creativity in other areas of arts and crafts as well as the existing local industries.
 The executive committee hopes that this exhibition will help to explore the potential of glass. We look forward to receiving wide varieties of excellent glass works as ever, from daily utensils to new artistic expressions. It is our sincere hope that glass-lovers from every corner of the world will participate in this exhibition.
The Executive Committee of The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa

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Ishikawa Prefecture, Kanazawa City, Kanazawa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Design Center Ishikawa
Requirements for Applications
1. Categories
  • No category. Any type of work may be submitted (tableware, vases, interior goods, wall panels, objects, etc).
  • However, works must predominantly be made of glass (No requirements as to techniques).
  • Works must be completed, solid ones. Incomplete or intangible works (e.g. just an idea, or a sketch/drawing of an idea or a design) will not be accepted.
2. Limitations
  • Applicants: No limitation. Anyone may submit a work.
  • Number of works: Each applicant (individual or group) may submit only one work (or one set of works).
  • Size of the work: Total of the width, depth and height must not exceed 1.8 meter (Works exceeding this will not be accepted).
  • Works which have already been exhibited in elsewhere will not be accepted.
Grand Prize ¥1,000,000 (awarded to 1 work)
Gold Prize ¥500,000 (awarded to 1 works)
Silver Prize ¥200,000 (awarded to 4 works)
Honorable Mention¥50,000 (awarded to 6 works)
Jurors’ Special Prize ¥30,000 (awarded to 5 works)
Note: Income tax will be deducted from the prize money.
Assessment Panels
Preliminary Assessment (based on the digital images of the works):
Atsushi Takeda (Japan)Art Critic,
Visiting Professor at Tama Art University
Kenji Kuze (Japan)Pottery Artist,
Former President of Kanazawa College of Art
Etsuko Nishi (Japan)Glass Artist
Akiyo Sakuma (Japan)Curator of Koganezaki Crystal Park Glass Museum
Final Assessment (based on the real works):
Atsushi Takeda (Japan) Art Critic,
Visiting Professor at Tama Art University
William Douglas Carlson (USA)Glass Artist, Emeritus Professor of Art at University of Miami
Bodil Busk Laursen (Denmark)Glass Art Critic, Chairperson of Hempel Glass Museum,
Former Director of Designmuseum Denmark
Jun Fujita (Japan)Glass Artist,
Chairperson of Japan Glass Artcrafts Association
(In no special order. The members of the panels may change without notice.)
Application Deadline: March 4 (Fri), 2016
  1. Application from This Website
    Please read the following guidance before you move to the Application Form page.
    1. To apply for the exhibition, please complete the Application Form and submit it, with the digital images of your work (up to 3 files) attached to the form. Applications will be accepted until March 4 (fri), 2016.
    2. The images must be stored in JPEG format, and the size should be approximately 2000 x 3000 pixels. Make sure that each image shows the work from different angles, or in details, so that the jurors will be able to understand the work precisely. The digital images will be used during the preliminary assessment and for the exhibition catalog.
    3. The file names of the image files to be attached should be “01,” “02,” and “03,” according to their priorities. The image named “01” will be used for the exhibition catalog.
    4. Make sure that the work is correctly oriented in each image. The executive committee shall not be responsible if the work is incorrectly printed in the exhibition catalog (e.g. reverse, wrong side up) due to the wrong orientation in the digital images.
    5. In the Application Form, be sure to specify the size of the work, paying particular attention to the size unit. The work will not be assessed if the size is not indicated and therefore it is unclear whether the work meets the size condition.

  2. Application by Postal Mail
    Please contact the secretariat office and request the Application Form (hard copy), by postal mail, fax, or email. The title should be simply “Request of Application Form.”
    Specify your name, address, zip code, phone number, and how many copies you will need (The Application Form consists of the “Entry Information,” “Application Form,” and “CD Labels”).
Application Charge
  1. Applicants from within Japan are requested to pay ¥5,000of application charge.
    The application charge must be transferred to the bank account below by no later than March 4 (Fri), 2016.
    The remittance fee must be paid by the applicants.
    • Bank/Branch: Hokkoku Bank / Head Office

    • Account Type: Ordinary account
    • Account Number: 2 6 6 5 4 0
    • Account Holder: Chairperson of the Executive Committee
      The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa
  2. No application charge is required for applicants from overseas.
Preliminary Assessment
In late April 2016, the appointed jurors will conduct the preliminary assessment of the works, based on the digital images submitted.
Notification of Results
  1. Each applicant will receive a written notification of the results of the preliminary assessment by postal mail, approximately two weeks after the assessment.
  2. The works selected through the preliminary assessment will qualify for the final assessment and the exhibition.

The following procedures apply only to the works selected in the preliminary assessment. However, please read them carefully in order to understand the entire flow of the exhibition.
Exhibitor Agreement
  1. Along with the letter of result notification, the successful applicants will receive the two kinds of documents: “Guidance for Exhibits” and “Exhibitor Agreement.”
  2. Those who wish to participate in the final assessment must submit the “Exhibitor Agreement” to the secretariat office. The deadline is specified in the “Guidance for Exhibits.”
Shipment of the Works
  1. After submitting the “Exhibitor Agreement,” applicants should then prepare for shipping of their works. The destination and the deadline are both designated in the “Guidance for Exhibits.”
  2. The shipping expenses must be covered by the applicants themselves.
  3. Each applicant shall be responsible for securing the work in a package (a stowage box) durable enough to protect the work from damages during the transportation. Works without packages will not be accepted for the exhibition. In addition, please have your work insured against loss or damages as you deem appropriate. The executive committee shall bear no liabilities for loss of or damages to the works during the transportation.
  4. The works will be unpacked and inspected the day before the final assessment. If any damage is found in the work upon unpacking, the executive committee will notify the applicant. Disposition of the damaged work shall be left to the applicant's discretion, and the negotiation regarding such damage shall be between the applicant and the shipping company.
  5. The executive committee shall bear no responsibility if a submitted work can not be displayed at the final assessment or exhibited at the exhibition due to any damages during the shipping.
  6. If an applicant submits a different work from the one selected in the preliminary assessment, the applicant shall be disqualified, and the work will neither be assessed nor be exhibited.
  7. In the final assessment and the exhibition, the works will be displayed referring to the digital images. However, if your work needs a specific instruction for the correct assembling/installing, please include a sketch or a brief note in your package, and also attach it to your “Exhibitor Agreement.”
  8. The works will be handled with utmost care by the official art specialists throughout the entire processes of the exhibition. However, the executive committee shall bear no responsibility if the work is not correctly displayed in the final assessment and the exhibition due to its extremely complicated assembling/installing requirements.

  9. Conditions 9 to 17 apply only to submissions from overseas:

  10. For the works submitted from outside Japan, customs clearance will be obtained on a “re-export” basis, which means that the work will be returned (re-exported) from Japan after the exhibition.
  11. Customs clearance will take approximately one week. Consider this fact when you ship your work so that it will reach Kanazawa in time.
  12. The works priced at ¥10,000 or more on the CIF basis (CIF= total cost, i.e., the work’s price plus insurance and freight) must not be sent by postal mail or international express courier, because they can not obtain customs clearance on a re-export basis if sent in such a way. Even if the work clears customs, customs duties may be charged upon its return. In this case, such customs duties shall be paid by the applicant.
  13. Customs duties that may arise at a Japanese international airport, as well as the Japanese domestic transportation fees, will be covered by the executive committee.
  14. When shipping your work, please use the “INVOICE” attached to the “Guidance for Exhibits.” Be sure to fill in each field in the INVOICE. As for the price of the work, write the same price as you specified in your Application Form. Your work may fail to clear customs if the INVOICE does not contain sufficient facts about the work and/or the price of the work specified in your INVOICE differs from the one in your Application Form.
  15. The executive committee shall bear no responsibility if the work can not be displayed in the final assessment and the exhibition because of its failure in customs clearance due to the deficiency of the INVOICE.
  16. If an applicant from overseas, or his/her appointed person, brings the work with him/her directly into Japan, it will be treated in the same way as submission from within Japan. In such a case, all the expenses that may be necessary such as Japanese customs duties, in-Japan transportation fees, etc., shall be paid by the applicant, not by the executive committee.
  17. The executive committee will only correspond with the applicant himself/herself, even if the applicant has an agent conduct the shipment on his/her behalf.
  18. Wooden packing materials (wooden boxes) must not be used for shipping, because they require submitting a fumigation certificate at the quarantines of international airports. Even if a work in a wooden box succeeds to reach Kanazawa without the certificate, the executive committee will have to submit it when we return the work using the original wooden box. The executive committee will take no responsibility for such a matter. However, this limitation does not apply to using plywood.
Final Assessment
In late June 2016, the real works will be assessed by the final assessment jurors, and the prize-winning works will be finalized. Works not winning a prize will thereafter be referred to as the "selected works," for which no official certificate etc. will be presented.
Round-table Discussion
A round-table discussion will be held on the next day of the final assessment, where the final results will be disclosed, and the final assessment jurors will review the prize-winning works and the final assessment itself. The date, venue, and other detailed information will be provided only to the applicants in Japan as soon as they are finalized.
Final Results Announcement
  1. The final results will be delivered to the press in Ishikawa Prefecture.
  2. The final results will also be delivered to the Japanese major organizations and publications related to art, craft, and design, as well as to some of the foreign glass magazines, along with the notice of the upcoming exhibition in a timely manner.
Final Results Notification
Each applicant who proceeded to the final assessment will receive a written notification of the final results by postal mail, approximately two weeks after the final assessment.
All the works submitted to the final assessment will be exhibited in The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa 2016, to be held in Shiinoki Cultural Complex, Ishikawa Prefecture (tentative). Also, the exhibition will travel to Notojima Glass Art Museum, the only public museum in Japan that specializes in glass art.
*No sales activities for the works will be performed during the exhibitions.
The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa 2016
Period: October 19 (wed) to 31 (mon), 2016 (13 days, tentative)
Venue: Shiinoki Cultural Complex, Ishikawa Prefecture
The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa 2016 in Notojima
Period: for two months from late November, 2016 (tentative)
Venue: Notojima Glass Art Museum
Exhibition Catalog
  1. An exhibition catalog will be published, containing pictures of all the works submitted to the final assessment.
  2. The works which were selected in the preliminary assessment but were not submitted to the final assessment will not appear in the catalog.
  3. Each applicant (individual or group) who participated in the final assessment will receive a free copy of the catalog.
Management of the Works
  1. From the moment the work is officially received by our consignee in Kanazawa, the executive committee will take responsibility for safe handling of the work, with insurance and the greatest care by the official art specialists, until it is returned to an international airport in the applicant’s country. However, the executive committee shall bear no responsibility of compensation for loss or damage of the work due to some inevitable causes such as natural disasters.
  2. Each applicant must specify the price of his/her work (Artist Price) in the Application Form, because the secretariat will calculate the insurance amount for the work based on the Artist Price. In addition, please specify whether you agree to sell your work or not in the Application Form. If there is a prospective purchaser of your work and if you have agreed to sell your work, the secretariat will sell the work after the exhibitions, at a retail price calculated based on the Artist Price (The actual selling processes will be entrusted to a professional sales agency).
  3. The intellectual property rights to the submitted works reside entirely with the respective artists (applicants).
  4. Our policies regarding the use of the intellectual property rights are as follows:
    1. The executive committee, the local governments in Ishikawa Prefecture, and other related public organizations shall be allowed free use of the intellectual property rights to the submitted works for public relation and exhibition purposes.
    2. This shall include free use of the submitted digital images for the exhibition catalog, posters and postcards etc. to publicize the exhibition.
    3. No time limit shall be placed on such use of the intellectual property rights.
    4. If a third party requests permission for commercial use of the digital images, the negotiation shall be between the third party and the artist(s).
    5. If a purchaser of a work wishes to use the intellectual property rights to the work, the negotiation shall be between the purchaser and the artist.
    6. There is a possibility that the prize-winning and/or selected works will be re-photographed at the discretion of the executive committee. In such a case, the above-mentioned (a) to (e) shall apply to such re-photographed images as well.
  5. As a general rule, sketching, photographing, or video-recording the works at the exhibition sites will be prohibited, excluding the executive committee and the press doing so for recording purposes.
Return of the Works
  1. After the exhibitions, the works which were not sold or donated will be returned, through the official carrier, to the applicants.
  2. Re-packing of the works will be entrusted to the official art specialists. If any damage is found in the work upon its return, the applicant shall contact the shipping company for negotiation. Do not contact the executive committee. We can not address any troubles during the returning transportation because we are unable to confirm the damages and the situations.
  3. For the works submitted from within Japan, the returning expenses and the insurance fees shall be paid by the applicants upon delivery. Repacking costs, however, shall be paid by the executive committee.

  4. Conditions 4 to 7 apply only to submissions from overseas:
    Read 4-7 very carefully to have a full understanding about them before deciding your submission.
    In the past, there were some troubled cases regarding the payments of the customs duties or other charges imposed on the applicants at the international airports in their countries. Those applicants who refused to pay such charges were unable to receive their own works.

  5. The returning expenses for the work submitted from overseas shall be covered by the executive committee until the work reaches an international airport in the applicant’s country.
  6. Customs duties etc. that may be imposed at the international airport in the applicant’s country, as well as the transportation expenses from the international airport to the applicant’s residence, shall be paid by the applicant.
  7. Please be reminded that the applicant will be unable to receive his/her own work if he/she is unable, or refuses, to pay the customs duties and/or the extra charges that may be imposed at the customs of the international airport in his/her country, and/or the transportation expenses from the international airport to his/her residence. In such a case, the work will be disposed of at the international airport.
  8. If an applicant from overseas asks for his/her work to be returned to a person/place in Japan, the entire expenses for in-Japan transportation and insurance shall be the recipient’s responsibility (by collect). If the executive committee has paid any kinds of expenses on behalf of the applicant upon the arrival of the work in Japan, such as customs duties or domestic transportation expenses, the recipient shall be requested to reimburse such amounts to the executive committee as well.
  9. In the case where the work is not purchased at the exhibition and the applicant does not request it to be returned, it can be donated to the executive committee.
  10. The works will be returned approximately two months after the exhibition at Notojima Glass Art Museum is closed.
Other Matters
Any matters not detailed herein shall be summarily handled as deemed appropriate by the executive committee.
  1. Any inquiries should be sent to the secretariat office by mail, fax or email, in either Japanese or English. Inquiries from overseas must contain the name of your country; otherwise we may not be able to answer.
  2. Inquiries should be concise within a piece of A4-sized paper. We will not answer longer questions.
  3. Please understand that, as each inquiry will be discussed in the secretariat, it may take one or two weeks to return an official answer.
  4. Inquiries by telephone will not be accepted.