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Toshiko Takaezu

Born:
Pepeekeo, Hawaii 1922

Died:
Honolulu, Hawaii 2011

Biography

Toshiko Takaezu studied at the University of Hawaii and at Cranbrook Academy in Michigan, where she also taught. She has been on the faculty of other institutions, including the Cleveland Institute of Art and Princeton University. Takaezu's ceramics are distinguished by the simplicity of the forms and subtle brush decoration, conveying a sense of tranquility that is related to her Asian heritage. Working with stoneware on the wheel, she prefers a closed, round form, which is shaped off the wheel. Takaezu produces an exceptional range of colors for her glazes, although she has shown a preference for somber cobalt and copper blues, greens, and blacks.

National Museum of American Art (CD-ROM) (New York and Washington D.C.: MacMillan Digital in cooperation with the National Museum of American Art, 1996)