Artist of the moment…….Toshiko Takaezu

Toshiko Takaezu was a very successful artist who  specialized in ceramics and earthenware.  Toshiko Takaezu was born in the year 1922 in Pepeekeo, Hawaii her parents of Japanese decent. For her collegiate education Takaezu attended the University of Hawaii located in Honolulu. Takaezu also attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Some themes in her ceramic work were tree forms and the moon.

A large influence on Toshiko Takaezu was the artist Toyo Kaneshige, himself a world renown potter. Toyo Kaneshige was deemed a living national treasure for his work with ceramics. Kaneshige acted as a mentor to Takaezu during the 1950s.

The artist was part of the teaching faculty at Princeton University and also the Cleveland Art Institute.

A book has been published featuring the life and career of Toshiko Takaezu. A link to this website promoting it is below:

http://www.toshikobook.com/

In this clip a long documentary on the life and work of Toshiko Takaezu:

In this clip a poet laureate tells us what she admires about the work of Toshiko Takaezu. Its interesting how marks remind the poet of text and calligraphy.

Toshiko Takaezu is part of many prominent museum collections including the Smithsonian American Art Institute, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Toshiko Takaezu passed away in 2011 at the age of 88 years old.

Price range information:  Most vessels range between $2,000 and $10,000.

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