We’re taking a look this week at select ceramic works from Japanese artists showing on Pierre Marie Giraud’s booth at Design Miami/ Basel 2015 (June 16 – 21st). Keep an eye open for some of these if you visit the fair this week. More information about the selected artists is linked below. See our other Miami post in this issue here.
Above image: Bowl from Takuro Kuwata.
Takuro Kuwata was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1981. He graduated from Kyoto Saga Art College in 2001 before apprenticing under ceramist Zaima Susumu the following year. In 2007 he graduated from the Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center. He’s held solo exhibitions across Japan, and participated in group exhibitions in New York, Seoul, Korea and München, Germany.
Yoshiro Kimura was born in Ehime Prefecture, Japan in 1946 and he was raised in Hiroshima. He graduated from Ikayama Commercial College in 1970, built his first kiln in 1975 and has been making ceramics ever since. In addition to his shows with Pierre Marie Giraud, he’s exhibited across Japan, at the Faenza International Ceramic Art Biennale in Italy; Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey, Paris and Aukland, New Zealand.
Akiyama Yo was born in 1953 in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. In 1972 he entered the Kyoto Municipal University of Arts and Music and began working with black clay. He became a professor at the same school in 1988 and currently chairs the Department of Ceramics there. In addition to his exhibitions with the gallery, he also showed in Kyoto, Tokyo, New York; Hamburg, Germany and elsewhere.
Kazuo Takiguchi was born in 1953 in Gojyou-zaka Kyoto, Japan. He graduated from Doshisha University in 1974, from Kyoto City University of Arts in 1978 and from the Royal College of Arts, UK in 1992. His first years in ceramics were successful ones. He received the Japan Ceramics Art Exhibition Foreign Minister’s Prize in 1985, the Chûnichi International Ceramic Exhibition in 1986, the Governor of Kyoto Prize at the Kyoto Prefecture Corporation of Arts and Crafts Exhibition in 1986 and the Grand Prize from the MOA Museum Mokichi Okada Awards in 1990. He’s exhibited across Japan, in Sèvres, France and with the gallery.
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