Kou Takenaka

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Kou Takenaka (Japan)

Kou Takenaka has left a remarkable legacy of Japanese ceramics and has been designated a bearer of “intangible cultural property” by Kyoto Prefecture.

His ceramics have striking shapes and elegant proportions with minimal decoration.

While honoring the heritage of Joseon white porcelain he has created an original body of work distinct from this tradition.
Using indigo dye to create his designs he is following in the footsteps of masters like Tomimoto Kenkichi and Kondo Yuzo.
His ceramic stationery is totally unique in Japan.

CV

  • 1941

     

    Born in Tokyo

  • 1961

     

    Studied under Master Konso Yuso at Kiyomizu, Kyoto

  • 1970

     

    Built kiln at Yamashina Kyoto

  • 1981

     

    Received “Japan Ceramic Society Prize”

  • 1983

     

    “Japanese Ceramics Today” exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC and Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • 1986

     

    “The Beauty of White Porcelain” exhibition at Kyusyu Ceramic Museum, Arita

  • 1995

     

    “The Japanese Studio Craft” exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • 1996

     

    Designated by Kyoto Prefecture as a bearer of “Intangible Cultural Property”
    “New Expressions in Porcelain Development in the 1990s” exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

  • 1997

     

    Solo exhibition at Dewazakura Museum of Art, Tendo

  • 2001

     

    “The Beauty of Ceramic” solo exhibition at Urasenke Chado Research Center, Kyoto
    “Viewpoint from the Home Country” solo exhibition in Obama Fukui

  • 2003

     

    “White Porcelain & Celadon” exhibition at Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum,Kasama
    Invited artist The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park

  • 2005

     

    “Contemporary Clay, Japanese Ceramic for the New Century” at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

  • 2006

     

    Received the “Kyoto Prefecture Culture Prize for Merit”
    Solo exhibition at Gallery Kochukyo, Tokyo
    Solo exhibition at Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka

  • 2008

     

    Solo exhibition at Gallery Kochukyo, Tokyo

  • 2009

     

    Solo exhibition at Gallery Kochukyo, Tokyo

  • 2010

     

    Solo exhibition at Takashimaya Art Gallery, Kyoto

Public collections

Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, Dewazakura Museum of Art, Urasenke Chado Research Center, Kikuchi Tomo Art Museum, Japan Foundation, The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Member of The Japan Crafts Association

Products

白磁シノギ大壺 large vase, white porcelain

白磁シノギ大壺
large vase, white porcelain

Number : KT-01

JPY ¥1,200,000

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Dimensions : H490mm

白磁面取壺 chamfered vase, white porcelain

白磁面取壺
chamfered vase, white porcelain

Number : KT-02

JPY ¥800,000

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Dimensions : H330mm

白磁シノギ壺 vase, white porcelain

白磁シノギ壺
vase, white porcelain

Number : KT-03

JPY ¥300,000

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Dimensions : H200mm

白磁面取壺 chamfered vase, white porcelain

白磁面取壺
chamfered vase, white porcelain

Number : KT-04

JPY ¥300,000

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Dimensions : H200mm

白磁輪花 花入 flower vase, white porcelain

白磁輪花 花入
flower vase, white porcelain

Number : KT-05

JPY ¥200,000

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Dimensions : H280mm

白磁面取壺 chamfered vase, white porcelain

白磁面取壺
chamfered vase, white porcelain

Number : KT-06

JPY ¥250,000

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Dimensions : H180mm

染付椿文大皿 “Camelia” platter, blue and white porcelain

染付椿文大皿
“Camelia” platter, blue and white porcelain

Number : KT-07

JPY ¥500,000

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Dimensions : W400mm

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