b. 1981, Japan

Takuro Kuwata Biography

Takuro Kuwata’s work embraces boldly deformed shapes and vivid colours, while the foundation of his techniques is based on the long history of tea ceremony and ceramic culture, where Kairagi (cracked glaze from firing) of Choseki-yu (or Shino-yu) or Ishihaze (stones exploded after being mixed in clay and fired) have been admired as 'sceneries'. Starting with the classical tea vessel, Kuwata experiments and plays freely with clay and glaze. In this process, forms are dissolved and vivid colours push towards the extreme. Kuwata’s bright, sharp, yet simple sensitivities glow with the foundation of the history of ceramic art and techniques, reminding us the richness of ceramic art, both traditional and experimental.

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Kuwata’s work is marked by strangely exaggerated forms and a bright and colourful 'pop' feel. Even when he begins by assuming that his creations will be actual vessels such as tea bowls, this assumption breaks down as he works (or 'plays'), to the point that the essence of his art could be said to lie in his manufacturing process. Kuwata’s teasing, ludic spirit gives his finished pieces a cheerful quality that lends his work a unique appeal.

As well as pushing traditional techniques to the extreme, Kuwata has pioneered the incorporation of needles employed in the Kairagi, using them in the ceramic works to catch the glaze on its slide down, creating a textural marvel and mystery. Some of the works are functional; others stand as abstract totems—their origin and time slipping from East to West, past to future. He recently held a solo exhibition of gigantic, and completely idiosyncratic sculptures at 'Heaven', a space designed by Isamu Noguchi on the 1st floor of the Sogetsu Plaza, Tokyo, which marked a breakthrough and a new phase of his artistic practice.

Takuro Kuwata was born in 1981 in Hiroshima. He graduated from Kyoto Saga Art College in 2001, and started studying under ceramic artist Susumu Zaima in 2002. He also studied at Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center until 2007, and currently lives and works in Toki City, Gifu, where he has a studio. He has received many awards including the Hamada Shoji Award from the 6th International Mashiko Ceramics Competition in 2006, and has presented his work internationally in New York at Salon 94, Brussels at Pierre Marie Giraud and London at Alison Jacques Gallery, as well as in museum shows such as Art Crafting Towards the Future at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan in 2012. His works are included in public collections such as Rubell Family Collection, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, University of Michigan Museum of Art, and The Palm Springs Art Museum.

Takuro Kuwata Featured Artworks

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TEE BOWL by Takuro Kuwata contemporary artwork sculpture
Takuro KuwataTEE BOWL, 2021Porcelain, glaze, steel, pigment
61 x 60.5 x 60 cm
KOSAKU KANECHIKA Contact Gallery
Tea bowl by Takuro Kuwata contemporary artwork sculpture
Takuro KuwataTea bowl, 2021Porcelain, glaze, pigment, platinum
44.5 x 52.5 x 51.5 cm
KOSAKU KANECHIKA Contact Gallery
Tea bowl by Takuro Kuwata contemporary artwork sculpture
Takuro KuwataTea bowl, 2021Porcelain, stone, glaze, pigment, gold, brass
130 x 76.5 x 74 cm
KOSAKU KANECHIKA Contact Gallery
Tea bowl by Takuro Kuwata contemporary artwork sculpture
Takuro KuwataTea bowl, 2021Porcelain, stone, glaze, pigment, gold, platinum
62.5 x 89 x 56.5 cm
KOSAKU KANECHIKA Contact Gallery
Tea bowl by Takuro Kuwata contemporary artwork sculpture
Takuro KuwataTea bowl, 2021Porcelain, stone, glaze, pigment, gold, platinum
71 x 72 x 62 cm
KOSAKU KANECHIKA Contact Gallery
TEE BOWL by Takuro Kuwata contemporary artwork sculpture
Takuro KuwataTEE BOWL, 2021Porcelain, glaze, steel, pigment
84.5 x 66 x 67 cm
KOSAKU KANECHIKA Contact Gallery
Tea bowl by Takuro Kuwata contemporary artwork sculpture
Takuro KuwataTea bowl, 2021Porcelain, stone, glaze, pigment, gold, platinum
64.5 x 57.5 x 55 cm
KOSAKU KANECHIKA Contact Gallery
Tea Bowl by Takuro Kuwata contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Takuro KuwataTea Bowl, 2018Porcelain, glaze, pigment, gold
13 x 17.8 x 13.4 cm
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Taka Ishii Gallery

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