ceramics

TAKIGUCHI Kazuo | Iron Glazed three legged Sculpture

TAKIGUCHI Kazuo 滝口和男(1953- )
Iron Glazed three legged Sculpture “Untitled” 無題, 2006
H16” x W17” x D14”, H40.6 x W43 x D35.5cm
Iron Glazed Stoneware with Incision
With Signed Wood Box

  In his essay in Takiguchi Kazuo critic Kaneko Kenji refers to Takiguchi’s “taut rotundity” a particularly apt and descriptive phrase. The work is slab-constructed stoneware with a rich, black iron glaze, the organic forms calling to mind the work of Henry Moore. The surface is very beautiful, dynamic and sensitive, but the real story is the sense of internal action, with lots of movement and air inside the pieces, as if they were inhabited by an animal pumping and jumping to get out. The shapes are quite unexpected, with unusual, seemingly random bumps and protrusions, which nevertheless resolve into a harmonious whole.  

1953     Born in Kyoto

1974     Left Doshisha University, Economics department and enter Kyoto Municipal College of Arts

1978     Left Kyoto Municipal College of Arts

1984     Award in Japan New Crafts Exhibition

1985     Foreign Minister’s Award, Japan Ceramics Exhibition

               Award in Japan New Crafts Exhibition

1986     2nd Award, Chunichi International Ceramic Exhibition

            Governer’s Award, Kyoto Prefecture Craft Art Artist Association Exhibition

1987     Award in Chunichi International Ceramic Exhibition

1989       Grand Award, Prince Chichibu Cup, Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition

               Kusube Yaichi Award, Kyoten Exhibition

1990     Award of Excellence, MOA Okada Mokichi Competition

            Grand Award, Kyoto Prefecture Arts & Crafts Exhibition

1991     Young Artists Award, Goto Memorial Foundation Award

            Grand Award, Japan Ceramics Corporation Award

1992     Finished Royal Academy of Arts, London

1996     Young Artists Award, Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Award

2003     Contemporary Master Ceramics of Western Japan, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum

2006   Asian Ceramic Delta

2007   Cheonaju International Craft Biennale in KOREA

2010      Espace Culturel Bertin Poiree:Paris

2013      Received Kyoto Cultural Prize

2015      Stayed in UK for one year

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