Nakamura Takuo

b. 1945


Vessel that stopped being a Vessel, 2014
Stoneware with polychrome under and over glazes with gold and silver
8 7/8 x 16 1/8 x 6 7/8 in.
10 7/8 x 16 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.
Inv# 9008

Artist Bio

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 modern sense of form. He works in multi-layered structures revealing his understanding 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.”

1945 Born in Kanazawa
1978 Studied under his father, Nakamura Baizan
1995 Studied under Aldo Rontini, at the National Faenza Ceramic Art School in Italy
2000 Commissioned art director for the permanent installations of ceramic art by the River Retreat Garaku, Toyama
2001 Commissioned supervisor for new tea houses “Mushi-an” and “Kaihou-ken” by the River Retreat Garaku, Toyama (Architect: Naito Hiroshi)
2004 In collaboration with Wedgewood, created “Japanesque” series in England
2007 Artist-in-residence at Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2008 Workshop at Art Biotop Niki Club, Nasu, Tochigi
Lectured at Kanazawa College of Art; Kyoto Seika University; Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu; Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
2009 Lectured at Sogō Art Museum, Yokohama; Shizuoka Art Gallery; Hagi Uragami Museum



1993 Workshop Collection, Shigaraki Ceramic Park, Shiga

Selected Public Collections:

Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Garaku Retreat, Toyama
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

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