Takuro Kuwata is a radical potter who nevertheless describes his work as firmly grounded within the traditions of ceramics. His focus is to push the potential of his materials, while referencing traditional forms and making functional objects. He is known for a number of experimental procedures, including adding stones to his clay mix so that when fired, they burst or puncture the clay structure, or using needles to catch the glaze of a vessel so that it creates a bumpy texture when fired. He thus leaves the final form of the work to chance, but is careful to ensure that each piece is still functional. Kuwata?s works are also known for their saturated and intense color combinations. The artist tends to favor red, blue, and metallic gold and silver.


1981
Born in Japan, Hiroshima

2001
Graduated from Kyoto Saga Art College, Ceramic art course

2002
Apprentice to the ceramist Zaima Susumu

2007
Graduated from Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center

Solo Exhibitions

2011
Rakusui-tei Museum of Art, Toyama, JAPAN
Gallery Bougatei, Nagano, JAPAN
Gallery Suki, Aichi, JAPAN
Art Salon Yamaki, Osaka, JAPAN
Daikokuya, Tochigi, JAPAN
TKG Ceramics, Kyoto, JAPAN
Tenmaya Fukuyama branch Art gallery, Hiroshima, JAPAN
Kuroda Touen Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
Gallery Kurimoto, Niigata, JAPAN

2010
Roppongi Hills Art and Design Store Space A+D, Tokyo
Gallery Mitate, Tokyo, JAPAN
Gallery Utsuwakan, Kyoto, JAPAN
Gallery Suki, Aichi, JAPAN
Gallery Kohodo, Gifu, JAPAN
Ginza Kuroda Touen Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN

2009
Gallery Kouketu, Gifu, JAPAN
Gallery Suki, Aichi, JAPAN
TKG Editions Kyoto, Kyoto, JAPAN
Kuroda Touen Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
Tenmaya Fukuyama branch Art Gallery, Hiroshima, JAPAN

2008
Gallery Suki, Aichi, JAPAN
Kuroda Touen Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN

2007
Gallery Wa2, Tokyo, JAPAN
Liberal art JPN, Hiroshima, JAPAN
Gallery Suki, Aichi, JAPAN

Group exhibitions

2011
"Paul Clay", Salon 94, Bowery, New York, USA
"Contemporary Ceramics in Tokai - Thinking New Generation-", Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Aichi, JAPAN

2010
"COLOR: Secret Relationship between Ceramics and Colors", Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, JAPAN

2009
AmericaKorea Craft & Design Foundation, Seoul, KOREA

2008
TALENTE2008, Mnchen, GERMANY

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

2007
Oribe Design, Craft Competition, Silver Prize

2006
The 6th International Mashiko Ceramics Competition, Grand Prix, Hamada Shouji Award