Nakamura Takuo

b. 1945


Set of three vases, 2009
15 x 3 3/8 x 4 1/2; 13 3/8 x 5 1/2 x 3 3/8; 15 1/8 x 2 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. each
Inv# 6286
$ 3,800

Artist Bio

Joan B. Mirviss is proud to announce our upcoming show featuring a series of vessels by Nakamura Takuo, Revisiting Rimpa - Design, Function, and the Art of Nakamura Takuo . Nakamura draws on traditional rimpa aesthetic and kutani glazing techniques to create sculptural, decorative, and functional vessels, producing a stunning collection that both represents these traditions, but also deconstructs them.


Nakamura Takuo lives in Kanazawa, a culturally rich city located on the Sea of Japan. In his work, he attempts to link the traditions of three hundred year-old Kutani ware with a more modern sense of form. He works in multi-layered structures revealing both his grounding in both traditional and contemporary aspects of technique, form, and design.

"I was born the second son of a potter in Kanazawa in 1945. After working in the business sector for a while, I returned to the ceramic training of my youth and apprenticed with my father, Baizan II in 1981. At the beginning, I often participated in juried public exhibitions. Since 1991, I have held my own thematic solo exhibitions, hoping that the stimulating relationship between the artist and the user will continue. I consider that the true completion of any vessel is derived through the creative implementation on the part of the user." - T. Nakamura1945 Born in Kanazawa
1978 Studied under his father, Nakamura Baizan
1995 Studied under Aldo Rontini, at the National Faenza Ceramic Art School in Italy


1993 Workshop Collection, Shigaraki Ceramic Park, Shiga

Solo exhibitions:

1986 Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Art Gallery Gallery, Tokyo
1989 Takashimaya Art Gallery Gallery, Gifu
1990 Color and Shape, Ginza Wakô Craft Salon, Tokyo
1991 Giri-giri Vessels, Ginza Wakô Hall, Tokyo
1994 Welcoming Vessels, Isetan Art Gallery Gallery, Hotel New Otani, Tokyo
Confronting Vessles, Takashimaya Art Gallery Gallery, Tokyo
1996 Welcoming Vessels, Isetan Art Gallery Gallery, Hotel New Otani, Tokyo
1997 Giri-giri Winter Vessels part I, Mizutama Gallery, Tokyo
1998 The Lonely Vessel, Takashimaya Art Gallery Gallery, Tokyo
1999 Playing with space, Ginza Wakô Hall, Tokyo
2001 Within Lights, Gallery Kandori, Tokyo
2003 Gallery Wako, Ginza, Tokyo
2004 Gosai Modern, Tôsai, Tokyo
Japanesque, Takashimaya Art Gallery, Nihonbashi, Tokyo
2007 Gallery Wako, Ginza, Tokyo

Group exhibitions:

1981 Ishikawa Traditional Crafts Exhibition
1982 Issuikai Exhibition
1983 Asahi Contemporary Crafts Exhibition
1986-89 Baizan and Takuo: Father and Son Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Art Gallery Gallery, Nihonbashi, Tokyo
1990 Two-person exhibition with Sugiura Sumiko, Moon viewing banquet, Seibu Art Gallery Gallery, Chigasaki, Kanagawa
1992 Contemporary Kutani ceramics exhibition, Kôsetsu Museum of Art, Kobe
Mimupure, Ohararyû Flower Arrangement Hall, Tokyo
1994 Asahi Contemporary Crafts Exhibition, Hankyu Art Gallery Gallery, Osaka and Tokyo
1995 The 4th Annual Non-functional Art Exhibition, Contemporary Art NIKI, Tokyo
Contemporary Ceramics: Sending a Vessel, Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo, Kyoto
1998 The 6th Annual Non-functional Art Exhibition, Contemporary Art NIKI, Tokyo
1999 Niki club exhibition, Chaji Contemporary Art NIKI, Tokyo
Two-person Exhibition with Togo Kobayashi, Gallery Daiichi Arts, New York
Enjoying Kutani Ware, Ginza Wakô Hall, Tokyo
2006 Cool & Sopshisticated: Contemporary Master Ceramists of Eastern Japan, Ibaraki
Ceramic Art Museum, Ibaraki
Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial, Niigata prefecture
Nakamura Takuo meets Wedgewood, Takashimaya Art Gallery, Nagoya
2009 Contemporary Masters of Ceramics, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Tokyo
Mirai no takaramono; The Future's Treasures, Takashimaya Art Gallery, Nihonbashi, Osaka, Shinjuku, Kyoto


"Vessels hidden in the elegant tradition”; Fujin; August,1991

Toh: Hokuriku Potters Vol. 78; (Kyoto Shoin: Japan), 1993.

“Kanazawa-Year end tea party,” Fujin; December, 1996

Robert Yellin, “Refiining Loneliness,” WINDS, Vol.11. (November 1998): pp. 43-45.

“Kôgei ga kûkan o umidasu toki: Nakamura Takuo no shigoto [When decorative arts creat a space: the works by Nakamura Takuo.” Chime Ginza (July August, 1999): p. 16

“Crafts that emerge from clay,” Hono Geijutsu, Vol.59, 1999.

"Nakamura Takuo," Waraku (December 2001): pp. 104-109

Sakamoto Yoshiaki and Kita Akira, "Kanazawa: teshigoto no biishiki [Kanazawa: Aesthetics of Hand Works]," CONFORT (August, 2002): pp. 139-145

Public Museum Collection:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

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