Takuro Kuwata

PROFILE

Takuro Kuwata

Presenting works of an unparalleled nature, Takuro Kuwata has been rapidly expanding the boundaries of ceramic art. Kuwata’s contemporary visual language, which utilizes techniques of traditional Japanese pottery such as kairagi and ishihaze in an original manner, has garnered international acclaim. Situated at the heart of Japanese ceramic artistry, Kuwata’s studio in the Mino region of Gifu retains history and techniques dating back to feudal Japan. Inheriting the traditional tea-ceremony aesthetic of wabi-sabi, imperfect beauty and natural forms are celebrated in the preservation of a rustic, unrefined elegance. Through dialogue with the environment, history, nature, and time, Kuwata fuses together elements of tradition and modernity. It is through this process that stimulating and provocative works of originality are born.
Takuro Kuwata was born in Hiroshima Prefecture in 1981. After graduating from Kyoto Saga University of Arts’ Junior College in 2001, he studied under ceramic artist, Susumu Zaima, from 2002, and graduated from the Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center in 2007. On a global scale, his works have been exhibited in Brussels, London, and New York. As of late, Kuwata was a finalist of the LOEWE Craft Prize 2018 and his works have been included internationally within public collections, including 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.

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

  • Tea bowl

    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
2002
Apprenticeship, Zaima Susumu
2007
Graduated from Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center
Lives and works in Gifu, Japan

CV

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019
“today” Pierre Marie Giraud, Brussels, Belgium
"Day After Day" Otawa-san Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto, Japan
“Dear Tea Bowl, Horsetails are in season in Hagi.” Hagi Uragami Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan
2018
“Are You Going Out, Tea Bowl?” Galeria Mascota, Mexico City, Mexico
“Teacup and Cup” KAKIDEN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“TAKURO KUWATA meets Trading Museum COMME des GARÇONS” Trading Museum COMME des GARÇONS, Tokyo, Japan
2017
“I’m Home, Tea Bowl” KOSAKU KANECHIKA, Tokyo, Japan
“Good Morning, Tea Bowl” Pierre Marie Giraud, Brussels, Belgium
2016
“From Tea Bowl” Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK
Gendai Tougei Kandori, Tokyo, Japan

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2015
GINZA KURODA TOUEN, Tokyo, Japan
“Dear Tea Bowl” Salon 94 Freemans, New York, USA
Indoor stone garden "Heaven" The Sogetsu Kaikan 1F, Tokyo, Japan
8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
KAKIDEN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
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, Tokyo, Japan
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga, Japan
Gallery Bougatei, Nagano, Japan
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
Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store 6F, Art Square, Tokyo, Japan
Oriental Design Gallery, Hiroshima, Japan
KAKIDEN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2011
Gallery Kurimoto, Niigata, Japan
GINZA KURODA TOUEN, Tokyo, Japan
Tenmaya Art Gallery, Hiroshima, Japan
TKG Ceramics: Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
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
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Roppongi Hills Art and Design Store Space A+D, Tokyo, Japan
GINZA KURODA TOUEN, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Suki, Aichi, Japan
Gallery Kohodo, Gifu, Japan
Gallery Utsuwa-kan, Kyoto, Japan
Gallery MITATE, Tokyo, Japan
2009
GINZA KURODA TOUEN, Tokyo, Japan
Tenmaya Art Gallery, Hiroshima, Japan
TKG Editions Kyoto: Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
Gallery Suki, Aichi, Japan
Gallery Koketsu, Gifu, Japan
2008
GINZA KURODA TOUEN, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Suki, Aichi, Japan
2007
Gallery Suki, Aichi, Japan
Liberal art JPN, Hiroshima, Japan
Gallery Wa2, Tokyo, Japan
Selected Group Exhibitions
2020
“Contemporary Japanese Crafts” Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
2019
“Where We Now StandーIn Order to Map the Future [2]” 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
“CERAMIC MOMENTUM – Staging the Object” CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art, Middelfart, Denmark
2018
“Bubblewrap” Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan
“The 42nd Marunouchi Street Gallery” Marunouchi Naka-Dori Street, Tokyo, Japan
“‘The Dramatic Vessel’: The Beauty of the Vessel, Perfected by the World’s Ceramic Artists” Iwate Museum of Art, Iwate, Japan
“Fire and Clay” Gagosian Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
“Place for Life, Energy and Spirit” 丗|SEI, Kyoto, Japan
“LOEWE Craft Prize 2018” DESIGN MUSEUM, London, UK
2017
“Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony - 2018 Hagi”
Hagi Uragami Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan
“Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter” BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART, Florida, USA
“NOUVELLE SHINO” gallery VOICE, Gifu, Japan
“Japanese Kogei | Future Forward - Bridge Art and Craft -” EYE OF GYRE, Tokyo, Japan
“Frieze Sculpture 2017” Regent’s Park, London, UK
“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 Main Store, Tokyo, Japan
“Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony” Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Ibaraki, Japan

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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
2015
“Come after Magic” aura gallery taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
“Japanese Kōgei | Future Forward” Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
“2732: 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
“The 7th Paramita Ceramic Art Grand Prize Exhibition” Paramita Museum, Mie, 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
2008
“Hamada Shoji Award and Kamoda Shoji Award, Winner Exhibition” Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Tochigi, Japan
Public Collections

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, USA
Marciano Art Foundation, California, USA
Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Tochigi, Japan
Palm Springs Art Museum, California, USA
Rakusui-tei Museum of Art, Toyama, Japan
Rubell Family Collection, Florida, USA
Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas, USA
TAKAHASHI COLLECTION, Tokyo, Japan
The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, Hyogo, Japan
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Michigan, USA
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan

Awards
2018
LOEWE Craft Prize 2018, Special Mention
2009
The 17th Tableware Award, Grand Prize, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award

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2008
The 8th International Ceramics Competition MINO, MINO Award
The 26th Asahi Modern Craft Exhibition, Encouragement Prize
2007
The 2nd Oribe Craft Design Competition, Silver Prize
2006
The 6th International Mashiko Ceramics Competition, Grand Prize, Hamada Shoji Award

EXHIBITIONS

Day After Day

3/August/2017 - 25/August/2019

I’m Home, Tea Bowl

21/Oct/2017 - 2/Dec/2017