Shinji Nakaba | Loewe Foundation Craft Prize 2023 Finalist


The LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time.

Shards of pearl have been threaded onto a strong stainless-steel wire and then carved, to create the shape of a twisting rose branch, punctuated with aluminium tipped thorns. The pearls selected for the work are of a lower grade than used in standard jewellery practice, yet by carving them and using them as structural components, the unique qualities, strength and ephemeral beauty of the material are showcased.

The Loewe Craft Prize Exhibition of the 30 finalists will be shown at the Noguchi Museum in May 2023.