Toshiko Takaezu

Toshiko Takaezu
July 19, 2017 Aisha Buntin

Toshiko Takaezu

“You are not an artist simply because you paint or sculpt or make pots that cannot be used. An artist is a poet in his or her own medium. And when an artist produces a good piece, that work has mystery, an unsaid quality; it is alive.”

-Toshiko Takaezu

 

 

We are delighted to announce the arrival of several fine ceramics by Toshiko Takaezu that have recently been acquired from two Honolulu art collections and are fresh to the market.  Among them are examples of her famous ‘closed form’ pottery in which she has placed a clay bead that rattles when shaken.  There are notably rare pieces such as the large 12″ tall moon vase which has a rattle inside, an unusual flat bowl/dish, a lamp base, and two small jars from her early period.  Both collectors had been  friends of the artist and had purchased or been given her pieces throughout her career.

Through her art and medium she communicates her idea that

“What is inside the person is most important.”

Please click here to learn more about Toshiko Takaezu and browse ceramics currently for sale

at HoMA!

Toshiko Takaezu works currently on view at Honolulu Museum of Art

 

Moon by Toshiko Takaezu at the Honolulu Museum of ArtSmall Closed Form, c. 1980s
9 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.
Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of the Artist (TCM.2007.5.5)
On view at Beretania location; Kinau Courtyard

Toshiko Takaezu at the Honolulu Museum of Art courtyard

Toshiko Takaezu at the Honolulu Museum of Art courtyard

 

Haru, 1992
Glazed stoneware
56 x 24 x 24 in
Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of the artist (TCM.2007.5.22)
On view at Spalding House Cafe

 

Moon, 1980s
Glazed stoneware
29 x 29 x 29 in.
Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of the artist (TCM.2007.5.23)
On view at Beretania location, gallery 27

A special thank you to Katherine Love at the Honolulu Museum of Art!

In the collection of the
State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

  • Untitled #32  1990 at One Main Plaza, Maui Drug Court
  • Orbit  1974  Lahainaluna High School
  • Lava Forest  1980  Hilo Airport Terminal
  • Ka Hua (The Egg)  1981  Diamond Head Health Center
  • Lava II  1969  Kalanimoku Building
  • Tall Closed Form #10  Kauai Community College
  • Three-Quarter Moon  1984,  State Capitol
  • Murasaki #4  House Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Moon Pots 1977, University of Hawaii at Hilo Mookini Library
  • Ceramic Tree  1990,  No. 1 Capitol District Building, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Sculpture Garden
  • Growing  1990,  One Main Plaza, Maui Drug Court
  • Untitled #31  1990,  One Main Plaza, Maui Drug Court
  • Untitled #33  1990,  One Main Plaza, Maui Drug Court
  • Murasaki #1  Prince Kuhio Federal Building
  • Murasaki #2  Prince Kuhio Federal Building
  • Murasaki #3  Prince Kuhio Federal Building
  • Anagama Closed Form  1990,  Prince Kuhio Federal Building
  • Green Moon  1983,  State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Office, Hemmeter Building
  • Dancing Figures  State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Office, Hemmeter Building
  • Closed Form  2000,  State Capitol
  • Tamarind Pot  State Capitol
  • Shiro Momo  1992,  State Capitol
  • Ceramic Tree  1990,   No. 1 Capitol District Building, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Sculpture Garden
Special thanks to Wanda Anae-Onishi, Collections Manager, Art in Public Places Program, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts!