The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa was first established in 1984. After being repeated several times as a domestic exhibition, it was developed into the world’s only international glass exhibition with public call for entry. The year 2019 will mark its 14th event. In past events, the exhibition displayed many excellent works from about 40 countries/areas around the world. It has built a great reputation as “the world’s showcase of contemporary glass art.
 Kanazawa City, the home of the exhibition, is renowned as one of the most traditional cities in Japan. In the rich natural environment with the delights of the four seasons, a wide variety of traditional arts and crafts have been treasured as an integral part of the local people’s daily lives.
 In such an environment, this exhibition has been repeated with the aim to create a new culture and industries utilizing “glass” in Kanazawa, hoping that these will also facilitate the creativity of other industries and areas of arts and crafts.
 The executive committee hopes that this exhibition will help explore the potential of glass. As ever, we look forward to receiving a wide variety of excellent glass works, 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

[ Composition ]
Ishikawa Prefecture, Kanazawa City, Kanazawa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Design Center Ishikawa
  1. About Applicants: No requirement. Anyone can apply for the exhibition.
  2. About Works:
    • Works must predominantly be made of glass.
    • No requirements as to techniques.
    • Works must be suitable for a stable display on the floor, wall, or a pedestal.
    • Works must have a solid form (Intangible works, e.g. just an idea or a drawing of the idea, will not be accepted).
    • Each applicant (individual or group) may submit only one work (or one set of works).
    • Size: The total width, depth and height must not exceed 1.8 meters.
    • Weight: Not to exceed 100 kg
    • Works which have already been exhibited in other competitions will not be accepted.
Grand Prize ¥1,000,000 (awarded to 1 work)
Gold Prize ¥500,000 (awarded to 1 work)
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.
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
Masahito Shiho (Japan)Project director of Design Center Ishikawa
Final Assessment (based on the actual works):
Atsushi Takeda (Japan) Art critic, visiting professor at Tama Art University
Yan Zoritchak (France)Glass artist
Albert Paley (USA) Sculptor
Bodil Busk Laursen (Denmark)Glass art critic, director of Hempel Glass Museum,
former director of Design Museum Denmark
Jun Fujita (Japan)Glass Artist, board member of Japan Glass Artcrafts Association
(In no special order. The composition of jurors may change without notice.)
Application Deadline: no later than March 1 (Fri), 2019

How to apply: Applications can be made either from online or by post.

  1. Application from This Website
  2. Please read the following instructions and go to Online Application Form.

    The Online Application Form will be temporarily unavailable during the following period due to maintenance by the service provider.

    Period : February 27 (wed), 2019 – 01:00 to 05:00 am (JST)
    We are sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you very much for your understanding.

    1. Fill in the Online Application Form, and attach three image files of your work (each image must show the work from a different angle). Then, click [Submit]. Any applications made after the deadline date will not be accepted.
    2. The digital images will be used during the preliminary assessment and for creating the exhibition catalog.
    3. The digital images must be stored in JPEG format. The images size should be approximately 2000 x 3000 pixels.
    4. Please specify the priorities of the image files by naming them as “Priority 01, 02, and 03.” The “Priority 01” image will be used for the exhibition catalog.
    5. Make sure that your 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 of the work in the digital images.
    6. Be sure to specify the size of the work in the Application Form, paying particular attention to the size units. The work will not be assessed if the size is not indicated and therefore it is unclear whether the work meets the size condition.


  3. Application by Postal Mail
  4. Please request a hard copy of Application Form to the secretariat office by mail, email, or fax.
    Fill in the Application Form and send it to the secretariat, along with the digital images of your work (3 files, stored on a CD-R), by no later than Friday, March 1, 2019.


    To request Application Form (hard copy):

    Please contact the secretariat office with the following information. The subject should be “Request of Application Form for Glass Kanazawa 2019.”
    You will receive a set of Application Form, Entry Information, and CD Labels


    1. Zip number
    2. Address
    3. Name
    4. Phone number
    5. How many copies needed
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 1 (Fri), 2019.
    The remittance fee must be paid by the applicants.

    • Bank/Branch : Hokkoku Bank / Kencho Branch

    • Account Type : Ordinary account
    • Account Number : 233181
    • Account Holder : c/o Design Center Ishikawa

      The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa


  3. No application charge is required for applicants from outside Japan.
Preliminary Assessment

In mid-April 2019, 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 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 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 specified in the “Guidance for Exhibits.”
  2. The shipping expenses and insurance must be covered by the applicants themselves.
  3. Each applicant shall be responsible for securing the work in a package (a stowage box), which should be durable enough to protect the work from damages during transportation as well as from repeated opening/closing. Works without a package 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 transportation.
  4. The works will be unpacked and inspected on the day before the final assessment. If any damage is found in the work upon unpacking, the executive committee will notify the applicant. 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 the submitted work is different 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 if sent in such a way, the works cannot obtain customs clearance on a re-export basis. 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. The price of the work must be the same as the one specified in your Application Form. Your work may fail to clear customs if the INVOICE does not contain sufficient information 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 a 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.
  17. Except for plywood, wooden packing materials (wooden boxes) must not be used for shipping.
  18. Works which are submitted from China, the USA, and other countries where private import is tightly regulated will be returned by EMS after the exhibition. Therefore, applicants from these countries must ensure that their packages meet the EMS’s size conditions.
Final Assessment
In late June 2019, the actual works will be assessed by the final assessment jurors, and the prize-winning works will thereafter be finalized. Works not winning a prize will thereafter be called as "selected works," for which no official certificate etc. will be presented.
Panel Discussion
A panel 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 as soon as they are finalized. However, attendance will be solicited only from applicants in Japan.
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 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 2019.
The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa 2019
Period: October 30 (wed) to November 11 (mon), 2019 (13 days, tentative)
Venue: Shiinoki Cultural Complex, Ishikawa Prefecture (tentative)
The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa 2019 in Notojima
Period: for two months from mid-November, 2019 (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. Each applicant (individual or group) who participated in the final assessment will receive a free copy of this 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. If you have agreed to sell your work, and if there is a prospective purchaser, 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). 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 public-relation purposes, to create printed materials such as exhibition catalogs, posters, postcards etc., as well as to post the images on the official website and the SNS accounts of the executive committee.
    3. No time limit shall be placed on such use of the intellectual property rights.
    4. There is a possibility that the prize-winning and/or selected works will be re-photographed at the discretion of the executive committee.
  4. 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. For the works submitted from within Japan, the returning expenses and the insurance fees shall be paid by the applicant (or the recipient) upon delivery. Repacking costs, however, shall be paid by the executive committee.
  3. The works will be returned approximately two months after the touring exhibition in Notojima Glass Art Museum is closed.

  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. There were some troubled cases in the past regarding the payment of customs duties and other charges imposed in the applicants’ countries. The 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. The applicant will be unable to receive his/her own work if he/she refuses to pay the customs duties imposed at the customs of the international airport in his/her country, as well as 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.
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 350 words. Anything longer may not be accepted.
  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.