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Akio Takamori

Biography to Display: 

1950Born Nobeoka, Japan

2017 Died Seattle, Washington

EDUCATION

1971Musashino Art College, Kodaira, Japan

1976BFA Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Kansas

1978MFA New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1993Faculty, Ceramics Department, University of Washington School of Art, Seattle, Washington

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

UnknownApprenticed with a master folk potter, Koishiwara, Kyushu, Japan

 

Takamori is known for his coil-built figurative sculptures in which the narrative painting defines the form. The use of figurative, narrative surfaces is also carried through to his wheel thrown vessels.

Akio Takamori emigrated to the United States in 1994 to study with Ken Ferguson. His work is often autobiographical, drawing on his life in Japan, his family, and mythological themes. 

Takamori’s three-dimensional works explore the interplay between sculpture and painting. His surface drawings on ceramic works explore the traditional two-dimensional presentation of calligraphy by flowing script around the outside and the inside of his vessels. He has also created a large body of work on paper.

In 2001 Takamori was the first place recipient of the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award.

An interview with Akio Takamori conducted March 20 and 21, 2009 by Mija Riedel, 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-akio-takamori-15660.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida

Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hallmark Art Collection, Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas

Jundt Art Museum, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington

The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, Indiana

Kruithuis Museum, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

National Museum of History, Taipei, Republic of China

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

rosenfieldcollection.com

Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, New York

Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan

Spencer Museum of Art, Laurence, Kansas

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Republic of China

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Clark, Garth. American Ceramics 1876 to the Present. New York, NY: Abbeville Press Publishers, 1987.

Dietz, Ulysses Grant. Great Pots Contemporary Ceramics From Function to Fantasy. Madison, WI, Guild Publishing, 2003.

Levin, Elaine. The History of American Ceramics from Pipkins and Bean Pots to Contemporary Forms. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1988.

Takamori, Akio. Akio Takamori: Ceramic Sculpture. New York, NY: Garth Clark Gallery, 2000.

 _______, Akio, et al. Between Clouds of Memory Akio Takamori, a Mid-career Survey. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2005.

Tourtillott, Suzanne J. Figure in Clay: Contemporary Sculpting Techniques by Master Artists. New York, NY: Sterling Publishing, 2005.

Veronika, Alice Gunter. 500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form. New York, NY: Sterling Publishing, 2004.

 

 

Typical Marks
2015
House
Date: 1975
Form: Sculpture
Method: Slab Built, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Nevica Project
Photo: Jayson Lawfer
Courtesy Nevica Project
Photo: Jayson Lawfer
Photo: Jayson Lawfer
Photo: Jayson Lawfer
Sake Set
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Luster, Overglaze (On Glaze), Underglaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: TMP
Aphroditeeros
Form: Sculpture
Method: Coiled
Courtesy Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California
Photo: Anthony Cunha
Courtesy Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California
Cup and Saucer
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Courtesy Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California
Courtesy Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California
Under the Peach Tree
Form: Sculpture
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Stain
Courtesy Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California
Photo: Anthony Cunha
Courtesy Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California
Box
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Vessel with Faces and Nudes
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auctions
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auctions
Figurative Teapot and Sculpture
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auctions
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auctions

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified November 2, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/takamori