Oral history interview with Toshiko Takaezu

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.takaez03
Creators:
Takaezu, Toshiko
Williams, Gerald, 1926-2014
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America
Dates:
2003 June 16
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
33 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Toshiko Takaezu conducted 2003 June 16, by Gerry Williams, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Quakertown, N.J.
Scope and Contents
Takaezu describes growing up in Hawaii in a large family; her first work as a commercial potter; working with Claude Horan; how religion factors into her work; studying ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art with Maija Grotell; the role of universities and apprenticeships in the craft movement; teaching at Princeton and the Cleveland Institute of Art; visiting artists in Japan; setting up a studio in Clinton, N.J.; her teaching philosophy; the evolution of her work from functional to closed vessels; the inside of her large pots; the importance of color and glazes; her career highlights; the inspiration she finds in nature; her role in political and social activities; her relationship with galleries, including Perimeter and Charles Cowles Gallery; her exhibition history; and the changing face of the American craft movement. She also recalls Claude Horan, Maija Grotell, Otagaki Rengetsu, Kaneshige, Rosanjin, Jeff Schlanger, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011) was a ceramist of Quakertown, N.J. Gerry Williams (1926- ) is the co-founder and former editor of Studio Potter in Dunbarton, N.H. Takaezu's birth date is also cited as 1929.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.

General
General
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 38 min.

Keywords
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Ceramicists -- New Jersey -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Japanese American women Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women potters -- New Jersey Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ceramics -- Technique Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Asian American artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Decorative arts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Horan, Claude. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Grotell, Maija Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cleveland Institute of Art -- Faculty Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cranbrook Academy of Art -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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