Sunday, March 20, 2011

toshiko takaezu

"Toshiko Takaezu, a Japanese-American ceramist whose closed pots and torpedolike cylinders, derived from natural forms, helped to elevate ceramics from the production of functional vessels to a fine art, died on March 9 in Honolulu. She was 88.
In her stoneware and porcelain works, some small enough to fit in the palm of one hand, others monoliths more than six feet tall, Ms. Takaezu blended the expressive bravura of painters like Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline with the calm, meditative quality of traditional Japanese pottery in forms suggestive of acorns, melons or tree trunks."

“I see no difference between making pots, cooking and growing vegetables,”

“You are not an artist simply because you paint or sculpt or make pots that cannot be used ... an artist is a poet in his or her own medium. And when an artist produces a good piece, that work has mystery, an unsaid quality; it is alive.”

read more from the NYT article here
photos of her residency at Skidmore in 1997 here
interview here

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