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Takuro Kuwata

PROFILE

Takuro Kuwata

Takuro Kuwata continues to present work like nothing that has ever been seen before, expanding the category of what constitutes ceramic art. Yet his work also has a deep respect for and earnest pursuit of the notion of ceramics, especially traditional chawan tea bowls. By adding a contemporary sensitivity, Kuwata brings renewed vibrancy to the traditional techniques and aesthetics of ceramics. His strikingly unique work always possesses a sense of freshness, as it results from his own amazement at the series of changes occurring during the production process, as well as the artist’s dialogue with nature and the works’ materials. The balance between being controlled by techniques and the unexpected forces of nature gives the work a special aura.
Takuro Kuwata was born in 1981 in Hiroshima. He graduated from the Department of Fine Arts, Ceramic Arts, at Kyoto Saga University of Arts in 2001, and started studying under ceramic artist Susumu Zaima in 2002. He graduated from Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center in 2007, and currently lives and works in Toki city, Gifu, Japan. He has had exhibitions in New York, Brussels, and London. His work is collected by the Rubell Family Collection, the Palm Springs Museum, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

photo by Koho Kotake

WORKS

  • Yellow green-slipped platinum Kairagi Shino bowl

    2011

  • Pink-slipped Gold-drop stone-burst bowl

    2012

  • Black-slipped gold Kairagi Shino bowl

    2012

  • Blue-slipped gold Kairagi Shino bowl

    2013

  • Blue-slipped Kairagi red-glazed bowl

    2013

  • Red-slipped gold Kairagi Shino bowl

    2013

  • 2013

  • Grandmother's raisin

    2013

  • Bowl

    2014

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BIOGRAPHY

1981
Born in Hiroshima, Japan
2001
Associate degree at Kyoto Saga University of Arts, Department of Fine Arts, Ceramic arts course
2002
Became an apprentice to the ceramist Zaima Susumu
2007
Graduated from Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center
Lives and works in Gifu, Japan

CV

Solo Exhibitions
2017
“Good Morning, Tea Bowl” Pierre Marie Giraud, Belgium, Belgium
2016
“From Tea Bowl” Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK
Gendai Tougei Kandori, Tokyo, Japan
2015
“Takuro Kuwata exhibition - Shake hands –” Ginza Kuroda Touen Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Dear Tea Bowl” Salon 94 Freemans, New York, USA
“Takuro Kuwata exhibition” Indoor stone garden 'Heaven' The Sogetsu Kaikan 1F, Tokyo, Japan
“Takuro Kuwata exhibition” 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Takuro Kuwata exhibition” KAKIDEN GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan

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2014
“From Nature” Pierre Marie Giraud, Brussels, Belgium
Ito bijyutsuten, Aichi, Japan
Koubou IKUKO, Okayama, Japan
Gallery Kohodo, Gifu, Japan
2013
Gallery NOW, Toyama, Japan
Gallery SOU, Hokkaido, Japan
ROKU, Tokyo, Japan
Ginza Kuroda Touen Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Flavor of Nature” Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga, Japan
Gallery Bougatei, Nagano, Japan
“Takuro Kuwata exhibition” 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Flavor of Nature” Salon 94 Bowery, New York, USA
2012
Matsuzakaya Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
ROKU, Tokyo, Japan
Art Square, the 6th floor of the main building of MITSUKOSHI MAINSTORE NIHOMBASHI, Tokyo, Japan
ORIENTAL DESIGN GALLERY, Hiroshima, Japan
KAKIDEN GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
2011
Gallery Kurimoto, Niigata, Japan
Ginza Kuroda Touen Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Tenmaya art Gallery, Hiroshima, Japan
“Takuro Kuwata exhibition” TKG Ceramics: Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
“Takuro Kuwata exhibition” Itamuro Onsen Daikokuya, Tochigi, Japan
Art Salon Yamaki, Osaka, Japan
Gallery Suki, Aichi, Japan
Gallery Bougatei, Nagano, Japan
Rakusui-tei Museum of Art, Toyama, Japan
2010
“Takuro Kuwata exhibition” Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Takuro Kuwata exhibition” Roppongi Hills Art and Design Store Space A+D, Tokyo, Japan
Ginza Kuroda Touen Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Suki, Aichi, Japan
Gallery Kohodo, Gifu, Japan
Gallery Utsuwa-kan, Kyoto, Japan
Gallery MITATE, Tokyo, Japan
2009
Ginza Kuroda Touen Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Tenmaya art Gallery, Hiroshima, Japan
“Takuro Kuwata exhibition” TKG Editions Kyoto: Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
Gallery Suki, Aichi, Japan
Gallery Koketsu, Gifu, Japan
2008
Ginza Kuroda Touen Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Suki, Aichi, Japan
2007
Gallery Suki, Aichi, Japan
Liberal art JPN, Hiroshima, Japan
Gallery Wa2, Tokyo, Japan
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017
“MIDTOWN” Lever House, New York, USA
“PUNK” Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Ibaraki, Japan
“An Occasion for Contemplating Ceramics and Sculpture: Seeds Sown in Shigaraki” Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Consideration on Contemporary Ceramics” Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan
“The Dramatic Vessel” Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga, Japan
“KOGEI Future forward” Nihombashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, Japan
Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Ibaraki, Japan
2016
“PREVIEW : A GROUP SHOW OF REPRESENTED ARTISTS” SPACE TGC, Tokyo, Japan
“echo” Takasaki City Gallery, Gunma, Japan
“PUNK” Rakusui-tei Museum of Art, Toyama, Japan
“Even if contemporary art ended” Sokyo, Kyoto, Japan
“A Guide to Contemporary Ceramic Art” Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Ibaraki, Japan
“JAPAN 7” SILVERLENS, Manila, Philippines

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2015
“Come after Magic” aura gallery taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
“Japanese Kōgei | Future Forward” the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
“TRY AGAIN. FAIL AGAIN. FAIL BETTER.” Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, USA
“8 Ceramic Artists” 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Wabi Sabi Shima” Thalie Art Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
“ORGANIC SCULPTURE” Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK
2014
“FIRE!” Venus Manhattan, New York, USA
“Phenomenon of Contemporary Ceramic” Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Ibaraki, Japan
“More Material” Salon 94 Bowery, New York, USA
2013
“10 Under 40” ISTANBUL’74, Istanbul, Turkey
“Master Teabowls of Our Days” Musee Tomo, Tokyo, Japan
“Why not live for Art? II -9 collectors reveal their treasures” Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Ceramic Sculpture” Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, USA
“Our Haus” Salon 94 Freemans, New York, USA
2012
“WAO 2012 vol.1 [CRAFT meets ART] Ceramic Beauty” EYE OF GYRE, Tokyo, Japan
“Art Crafting Towards The Future” 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
2011
“Contemporary Ceramics in Tokai - Thinking New Generation -” Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Aichi, Japan
“Paul Clay” Salon 94 Bowery, New York, USA
“Contemporary Kogei Art Fair” Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
2010
“Color : secret relationship between ceramics and colors” Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
2007
“Hamada Shouji Award, Kamoda Shouji Award, winner Exhibition” Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Tochigi, Japan
Public collections
Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art
The Palm Springs Art Museum
Rakusuitei Museum of Art
Rubell Family Collection
TAKAHASHI COLLECTION
TOD’S Japan
University of Michigan Museum of Art
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Awards
2009
Tableware Festival, Tableware competition, Grand Prix; Minister of Economy Trade and Industry
2008
Asahi Modern Craft Exhibition, Encouragement Prize
The 8th International Ceramics Competition MINO, MINO Award

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2007
Oribe design, craft competition, Silver Prize
2006
The 6th International Mashiko ceramics competition, Grand Prix, Hamada Shouji Award