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Takuro Kuwata

Born 1981
“I’m not trying to break the rules… I just want to apply a contemporary sensibility to pottery. I believe I can create something truly new, work that reflects our time.”
— Takuro Kuwata

Working in the heart of Japanese ceramic arts in the Mino region of Gifu Prefecture, Takuro Kuwata hybridizes and exaggerates traditional ceramic methods to expand the possibilities of the medium, centering on the form of the tea ceremony bowl. Embracing wabi-sabi, the aesthetic of imperfection, but also looking to designs from Finland’s Arabia and British Wedgwood, Kuwata’s distinctive style is characterized by explosive, surreal surfaces. The artist responds to the geological makeup of his material as he shapes his vessels, often using a mix of fresh clay, remnants of dry clay, and stones. He experiments with traditional techniques such as kairagi-shino, wherein pottery is removed from the kiln before the glaze completely melts, and ishihaze, in which stones are left in clay to burst through the work’s surface during firing. With their surprising, cracked textures and brilliantly conceived palettes, Kuwata’s works gesture to the sublime unpredictability of nature.

Born in 1981 in Hiroshima, Kuwata lives in Toki City. He received degrees from Kyoto Saga University of Arts (2001) and Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center (2007), and apprenticed under master ceramicist Susumu Zaima. He found early inspiration in the work of Toyozo Arakawa. Recently, Kuwata’s work featured in The Flames: The Age of Ceramics at Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris and CHATO at Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum (both 2021). He has exhibited extensively throughout Japan, including in Japanese Kogei | Future Forward at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2015; traveled to Museum of Art and Design, New York). In 2018, he was a finalist for the Loewe Craft Prize, and in 2020 he collaborated with Jonathan Anderson on Loewe’s womenswear show. Kuwata’s work resides in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Takahashi Collection, Tokyo; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor; Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, among others.

 
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