Cobalt Blue

Copied Toshiko Takaezu, Cobalt Blue, ca. 1990s, glazed porcelain, 26 789 129 18 in. (68.324.223.1 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 2006.26.7

Artwork Details

Cobalt Blue
ca. 1990s
Not on view
26 789 129 18 in. (68.324.223.1 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of the artist
Mediums Description
glazed porcelain
  • Abstract
Object Number

Artwork Description

One of Toshiko Takaezu's “closed forms,” the unseen interior cavity of this ceramic sculpture suggests the protected space of an egg. To create these forms, Takaezu threw a pot at her wheel, then coiled and hand built the clay into a nearly closed spheroid. She often placed pieces of paper and clay inside before firing that became rattling ceramic beads in the kiln.

Many species of birds, like ducks, communicate with each other before they hatch. They peep and click from inside their eggs to synchronize their emergence, preparing the family to leave the nest together. Like chattering eggs in a nest, Takaezu’s closed forms conjure new imaginings about the tenderness of home.

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