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Toshiko Takaezu

American, 1929-2011

Toshiko Takaezu was an American ceramic artist and painter. She was born to Japanese immigrant parents in Pepeekeo, Hawaii, in 1922. She studied at the Honolulu Museum of Art and the University of Hawaii under Claude Horan from 1948–51.

From 1951–54, Takaezu continued her studies at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she befriended Finnish ceramist Maija Grotell, who became her mentor. In 1955, Takaezu traveled to Japan, where she studied Buddhism, visited Shoji Hamada and observed the techniques of traditional Japanese pottery, which continued to influence her work. She taught for 10 years at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and then from 1967–92, she taught at Princeton University, where she was awarded an honorary doctorate.

Takaezu retired in 1992 to become a studio artist, living and working in Quakertown, New Jersey, about 30 miles northwest of Princeton. In addition to her studio in New Jersey, Takaezu made many of her larger sculptures at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She made functional wheel-thrown vessels early in her career. Later, she switched to abstract sculptures with freely applied poured and painted glazes.

In the early 1970s, when Takaezu didn’t have access to a kiln, she painted on canvas. Her work is part of the permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, among many others.

Takaezu was the recipient of the Gold Medal of the American Craft Council and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant. She lived in Hawaii for 10 years and died March 9, 2011, in Honolulu.

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Tashiko Tazaezu Signed Japanese Studio Pottery Closed Form With Rattle Sculpture
By Toshiko Takaezu
Located in Studio City, CA
A beautiful and quite engaging sumptuously glazed closed-form sculpture with rattle by renowned Japanese Hawaiian American pottery master Toshiko Takaezu, famed for her use of color,...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Toshiko Takaezu

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Porcelain, Pottery

Tashiko Tazaezu Signed Japanese Studio Pottery Closed Form With Rattle Sculpture
By Toshiko Takaezu
Located in Studio City, CA
A beautiful and quite engaging sumptuously glazed closed-form sculpture with rattle by renowned Japanese Hawaiian American pottery master Toshiko Takaezu, famed for her use of color,...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Toshiko Takaezu

Materials

Porcelain, Pottery

Tashiko Tazaezu Signed Japanese Studio Pottery Closed Form With Rattle Sculpture
By Toshiko Takaezu
Located in Studio City, CA
A beautiful and quite engaging wonderfully glazed closed-form sculpture with rattle by renowned Japanese Hawaiian American pottery master Toshiko Takaezu, famed for her use of color,...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Toshiko Takaezu

Materials

Porcelain, Pottery

Toshiko Takaezu Signed Japanese Pottery First Edition Book The Earth In Bloom
By Toshiko Takaezu
Located in Studio City, CA
An extremely rare and scarce double-hand signed first edition softcover book "Toshiko Takaezu The Earth in Bloom". The book is signed by both Japanese Hawaiian ceramic/pottery art...
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Early 2000s American Modern Toshiko Takaezu

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Paper

Large Unusual Ceramic Pot with Rattle and Handprint by Toshiko Takaezu
By Toshiko Takaezu
Located in Atlanta, GA
A tall closed-form ceramic pot with rattle by Japanese American artist Toshiko Takaezu (American, 1922 - 2011) circa 1980-90s. The impressive stone vessel on offer is covered in a ba...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Toshiko Takaezu

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Ceramic

Tashiko Tazaezu Signed Japanese Hawaiian Studio Pottery Glazed Chawan Tea Bowl
By Toshiko Takaezu
Located in Studio City, CA
A beautiful and quite engaging sumptuously glazed Chawan tea bowl by famed Japanese Hawaiian American pottery master Toshiko Takaezu. The fired bowl features a vast array of shifting...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Toshiko Takaezu

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Earthenware, Pottery

Ceramic Tea Bowl with Mottled Yellow Glaze by Toshiko Takaezu
By Toshiko Takaezu
Located in Atlanta, GA
A glazed ceramic tea bowl (chawan) by Japanese American artist Toshiko Takaezu (American, 1922 - 2011). The hand-built bowl is covered with a striking matte glaze in mustard yellow w...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Toshiko Takaezu

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Ceramic

Ceramic Tea Bowl with Brilliant Red Glaze by Toshiko Takaezu
By Toshiko Takaezu
Located in Atlanta, GA
A glazed ceramic tea bowl (chawan) by Japanese American artist Toshiko Takaezu (American, 1922 - 2011). The hand-built form shows slight irregularity and is covered with a brilliant ...
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1990s American Modern Toshiko Takaezu

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Ceramic

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