I think everything you do is collaboration.

-Toshiko Takaezu



via   moosoid9  

via  moosoid9 


Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011) was a ceramic artist who drew from her Japanese roots and Hawaiian surroundings

to shape something beautiful in clay. She is considered to be one of the great American female Modern Artists.

She has inspired us through her hard work, faithfulness and outlook on life and art. Her pottery pieces are beautiful,

accessible and down to earth. Though her work is considered modern and experimental her style and form draw you

back into ancient pottery. 


"In my life I see no difference between making pots,

cooking and growing vegetables. They are all so related. 

However, there is a need for me to work in clay.

It is so gratifying and I get so much joy from it,

and it gives me many answers in my life."

-Toshiko Takaezu

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via: tang teaching museum 


You are freer if you know you can't save anything. 

- Toshiko Takaezu

Created for the Watershed Special Exhibition at SOFA Chicago, I interview American ceramic artist Toshiko Takaezu in her home and studio. Takaezu has been called one of the most important ceramicists in America. The film was initially screened at the 16th SOFA Chicago (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art) Nov 6-8, 2009 at Navy Pier. The film will also be included the Smithsonian Archives for American Art. Portions were included in a special exhibit at the Denver Museum of Art. The film features music performed by accomplished jazz musician Winard Harper.
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