Toshiko Takaezu, born in Hawaii of Japanese descent, has been working with clay for over four decades, and her work reflects the combined traditions of Eastern and Western techniques and aesthetics. Following her studies at Cranbrook in the 1950s, she has regularly exhibited her ceramic pieces while steadily evolving her forms from utilitarian vessels to abstract sculptural forms. Takaezu’s work ranges from breathtaking understatement to expressive excitement while remaining fundamentally consistent in its Zen-like simplicity. A master of glazing… her Makaha Blue series of stunning deep-cobalt closed forms… rival the intensity of an Yves Klein painting.
Toshiko Takaezu Recent Sculpture, September 3 – October 5, 2002, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York