Toshiko Takaezu

Over twenty large-scale sculptures and installations by Toshiko Takaezu challenge traditional boundaries between craft and fine art. Working primarily in clay, Takaezu has played a pivotal role in redefining conventional methods of ceramics; closing the mouths of her “pots,” Takaezu distanced her works from their presumed functionality. Takaezu’s organic and expressively painted and glazed artworks draw on the natural world, Japanese tea ceremonies, and Zen philosophy. Experimenting with size and scale, her later works are monumental in form, making them familiar yet mysterious.

Born in 1922 in Pepeekeo, Hawaii, Takaezu trained at the Hawaii Potters Guild before pursuing degrees at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

For over two decades Takaezu served as a visiting artist in Skidmore College’s Summer Six art program where, with the help of Skidmore students and alumni, she created a plethora of monumental sculptures. Virtually all of the works in this exhibition, selected from the collections of the artist and the Tang Museum, were made and fired at Skidmore’s ceramics studio.
Exhibition Name
Toshiko Takaezu
Exhibition Type
Solo Exhibitions
Wachenheim Gallery
Apr 27, 2002 - Jun 9, 2002
Toshiko Takaezu is curated by Ian Berry, Curator for the Tang Teaching Museum, in collaboration with the artist, Toshiko Takaezu.
Toshiko Takaezu
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