Kohei Kishimoto was born in the Hyogo prefecture. In his youth, he was deeply into painting but his interest shifted towards glass when he entered Akita Public Art Craft College, where he studied mainly glass making techniques. He then carried on studying glass making at Toyama Glass Institute, focusing on glass as an art form.
After working at the Toyama Glass Studio as a staff member for three years, Kishimoto established his own studio, ‘Kohei Glass Studio’. Here he creates his glass tableware and art pieces, as well as commissioned work and collaborations with interior designers, cookery specialists and product designers.
Kishimoto's work is widely exhibited nationally and internationally, at museums, private companies and public buildings, such as the Japanese Embassy in China. His pieces have won many prizes and awards including the Grand Prize at the Toyama City Art Exhibition (2009) and the William Douglas Carlson Prize at the International Glass Exhibition Kanazawa (2010).
‘I like working both on my own art pieces and on functional commissioned work’, Kohei says. ‘My art work is just my free expression, where I play a lot, but when working with other designers or cookery specialists, I find something new through communicating with them, which is also interesting’.