The Art of Bamboo Basket Making with Shōchiku Tanabe

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, in collaboration with the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, present from Japan, special guest artist Shōchiku Tanabe.


  • Tuesday, 10:30am-12:30pm and 2pm-4pm
  • $80
  • Material Fee: $30 (cash payable to the instructor)
  • Advance registration required
  • Students must bring nippers or small garden shears, a pair of non-heavy duty pliers for wire work, and a spray bottle of water.

Learn the art of bamboo basket making from a master artist from Osaka, Japan in this hands-on workshop. Shōchiku Tanabe is a renowned bamboo craftsman whose work has been exhibited around the world and recently at the Morikami Museum in our exhibit, Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan (2013). Be introduced to the history and beauty of bamboo craftsmanship, and learn how to apply traditional techniques combined with contemporary design to create three sculptural bamboo basket forms.


Shōchiku Tanabe, who assumed his artist name in 2008, was born in Osaka Prefecture in 1973. In 1999, after graduating from the Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, at Tokyo University of the Arts, Tanabe took part in a two-year training program at the Oita Prefectural Bamboo Craft and Training Support Center, and today is one of the leading up-and-coming bamboo craftsmen in Japan. This is evident by the many exhibitions showcasing his work overseas, including Golden Week on Japanese Art (Seattle Asian Art Museum, 2006) New Bamboo: Contemporary Masters (Japan Society, New York, 2008), Modern Master (Bayern Gallery, Munich, 2012), Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan (Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 2013).

Also, enjoy a demonstration by Mr. Tanabe on April 4, 2015 and the exhibition Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art from January 31 – April 25, 2015 at the Ruth Funk Center on the Florida Tech campus. For more information visit

Shochiku Workshop 2