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Toshiko Takaezu

Biography to Display: 

1922Born Pepeekeo, Hawaii

2011Died Honolulu, Hawaii

EDUCATION

1948-1951Honolulu Museum of Art and University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii

1951-1954Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1967-1992Faculty, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

 

Toshiko Takaezu 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 she did not have access to a kiln, she painted on canvas.

Takaezu incorporates hand built techniques in order to overcome the restrictions of the wheel and to form the closed vessels for which she is best known. Takaezu was at the vanguard of an artistic revolution that elevated ceramics from a craft to an art.

An interview with Toshiko Takaezu conducted June 16, 2003, by Gerry Williams, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America is available at:
http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-toshiko-takaezu-12097.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts

Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

Baltimore Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire

Delaware Art Center, Wilmington, Delaware

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Frances Y. Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York

Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey

Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey

Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii

Kresge Art Museum Michigan, East Lansing, Michigan

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, California

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Murray State College, Murray, Kentucky

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, New Jersey

National Museum, Bangkok, Thailand

Newark Museum of Art, Newark, New Jersey

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Scripps College, Claremont, California

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina

Springfield Museum, Springfield, Missouri

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

Trout Art Gallery, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

University Art Museum, Albany, New York

University of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii

Utah State College, Logan, Utah

University of Northern Illinois, DeKalb, Illinois

Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, Ohio

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Clarke, Joan and Diane Dods. Artists/Hawaii. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 1996.

Haar, Francis and Murray Turnbull. Artists of Hawaii, vol. 2. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 1977.

Takaezu, Toshiko. "Portfolio." Bamboo Ridge Journal of Hawaii Literature and Arts, Spring 1996.

_______, Toshiko. Toshiko Takaezu: Four Decades. Montclair, NJ: Montclair Art Museum, 1989.

Yake, J. Stanley. Toshiko Takaezu, The Earth in Bloom. Albany, NY: MEAM Pub. Co., 2005.

 

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Typical Marks
ca 1955
1990
ca 2000
Bowl
Date: ca 1955
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Untitled Form
Date: 1990
Form: Bottle
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Oval Moon
Date: 1990
Form: Jar
Hieronymus
Hieronymus
Moon Pot
Date: ca 2000
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Round Vessel
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Everson Museum of Art Collection
Photo: John Polak
Everson Museum of Art Collection
Photo: John Polak
Tea Bowl
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Brooklyn Museum Gift of Robert S. Anderson 1993
Photo: Brooklyn Museum-Creative Commons_BY
Brooklyn Museum Gift of Robert S. Anderson 1993
Photo: Brooklyn Museum-Creative Commons_BY
Photo: Brooklyn Museum-Creative Commons_BY
Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Tea Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Tea Bowl
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Moon Jar with Rattle
Materials: Ceramic
Method: Thrown
Hieronymus
Hieronymus
Bowl
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.745, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 78.1.745, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 7, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/takaezu