Toshiko Takaezu
June 17, 1922 - March 9, 2011
Artist Biography
Acquisition Number: 2020.13
Medium: Porcelain with cobalt blue glaze
Size: 1 3/8 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.
Date: c. 1955-64
Credit: Gift of Marjorie McCullough in honor of Lynnda Arrasmith

Takaezu’s ceramics are distinguished by the simplicity of their forms and subtle brush decoration, conveying a sense of tranquility that is related to her Asian heritage. Takaezu produced an exceptional range of colors for her glazes, though she did show a preference for cobalt and copper blues, greens, and blacks. Takaezu’s early utilitarian work included tea pots, tea bowls, round plates, square plates, bowls, and vases. While her early experimentation of these functional wares eventually led to her signature closed form, she continued to make plates and bowls during her long career which embodied her striking abstract expressionist glazing.