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Makoto Yabe

Biography to Display: 

1947 Born Fukushima, Japan

2005 Died Boxford, Massachusetts

 

EDUCATION

1956-1966 Kyoto Prefectural Ceramic School, Kyoto, Japan

1966-1967 Master’s Certificate Kyoto Municipal Industrial School, Kyoto, Japan

1965-1969 BA, Philosophy and Comparative Cultural Studies, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan

 

APPRENTICESHIPS & RESIDENCIES

1967-1971 Apprenticeship, Jinmatsu Uno and Sango Uno, Kyoto, Japan Noble and Greenough School

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

Studio potter

Ceramic Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts

DeCordova Museum School, Lincoln, Massachusetts

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts

 

BIOGRAPHY

Makoto Yabe is known for a range of classic Japanese functional forms. Some of the pieces are made with the nerikomi technique using multi colored clays in individual objects. The surfaces of early work are covered with splashes and swirls of slip and glaze. Later work is finished with ash glazes and surface techniques that include Mishima, stamping, combing, and chattering.

After completing his education Yabe apprenticed with Jinmatsu Uno and Sango Uno, in Kyoto, Japan before moving to the United States. One of his first jobs was teaching ceramics in Alaska before moving to Boston, Massachusetts

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Public Collections to Display: 

Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Massachusetts

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Children’s Museum, Boston, Massachusetts

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Mount Wachusetts Community College, Gardner, Massachusetts

Museumof Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

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

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bibliography to Display: 

Earle, Joe, Halsey North, and Alice North. Contemporary Clay: Japanese Ceramics for the New Century. Boston, Mass: MFA Publications, 2005.

Thrasher, William. Life Affirmed: New Work by Makoto Yabe. Boston, MA: Pucker Gallery, 2004.

Yūko, Kikuchi, Ryūchi Kakurezaki, YōAkiyama, Makoto Yabe, Rob Barnard, Takuya Kida, et al.Japanese Ceramics: Cultural Roots and Contemporary Expressions. Cambridge, MA: Office for the Arts at Harvard, Ceramics Program, 2004.

Long, Tom. "Makoto Yabe, 58; pushed boundaries of ceramic art. Boston Globe, May 29, 2005 https://archive.boston.com/news/globe/obituaries/articles/2005/05/29/makoto_yabe_58_pushed_boundaries_of_ceramic_art_1117342030/ Last accessed January 17, 2024

Pucker Gallery: https://www.puckergallery.com/makoto-yabe/ Last accessed January 17, 2024

 

CV or RESUME: Click Here to Download
Source: Pucker Gallery

WEBSITE(S):

https://www.puckergallery.com/artists#/makoto-yabe/

 

Typical Marks

Drawn archer.

1971-2005
1971-2005
Small Vase with Mentori Pattern
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered (Wood ash glaze with white slip and copper.)
Courtesy Skinner Auctioneers, June 21, 2018
Photo: John Davenport
Courtesy Skinner Auctioneers, June 21, 2018
Covered Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Courtesy Skinner Auctioneers, June 21, 2018, lot # 263
Courtesy Skinner Auctioneers, June 21, 2018, lot # 263
Bowl with Platinum Decoration
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Skinner Auctioneers, June 21, 2018, Lot #251
Courtesy Skinner Auctioneers, June 21, 2018, Lot #251
Nerikomi Large Bowl
Materials: Colored Clay
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Skinner Auctioneers, June 21, 2018, Lot # 253
Courtesy Skinner Auctioneers, June 21, 2018, Lot # 253

Citation: Clark, Donald. "The Marks Project." Last modified January 17, 2024. http://www.themarksproject.org/marks/yabe