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Akio Takamori (Japan)

Takamori was born in Japan but has lived in the US since 1974. His work is represented in many public collections, including the Carnegie Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; American Craft Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum, UK; George Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Canada; Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan; and Ariana Museum, Switzerland.


Takamori’s work has always been figurative, based on the human body and expressive of human relationships, emotion and sensuality. Initially making vessel forms adorned with painted figurative details, he later shifted to an interest in sculpture. Standing and sleeping figures portray historical characters, contemporary society and rural villagers, their day-to-day existence recalled from his childhood in Japan. He has recreated his hometown from memory using clay and translated traditional Japanese prints into three dimensional porcelain figures. Takamori's ceramic sculptures evoke an eerie sense of reality and presence. Since 1993 he has been a faculty member in the University of Washington School of Art.


Featured Artwork: boy in blue shoes (2010)

Transcrip: Akio Takamori