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Takuro Kuwata, one of the best Japanese master artisans, is dedicated to ceramic and the creation of contemporary sculptures, specially bowls, with innovative materials and concepts. His ceramic art pieces were showcased at Art Basel 2018.

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Takuro Kuwata working ©Koho Kotake

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From Nature Exhibition (2014) ©Pierre Marie Giraud

He was born in Hiroshima in 1981 and graduated from Kyoto Saga University of Arts, Ceramic Art course in 2001. In the next year he became an apprentice to the renowned ceramist Zaima Susumu.

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Red-slipped, Gold-drips and Stone-burst bowl. ©Kuwata

Through the years his celebrated art pieces were showcased at special national and international solo exhibitions: “Flavor of Nature” in Salon 94 (2013), “Takuro Kuwata exhibition” in Tomio Koyama Gallery (2013), in Oriental Design Gallery and Kakiden Gallery (2012), in Gallery Kurimoto and Kuroda Touen Gallery (2011), among many others.

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White-porcelain and Gold-drips bowl. ©Kei Okano, courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery

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From Nature Exhibition (2014) ©Pierre Marie Giraud

Kuwata’s sculptures were also exhibited and admired in group exhibitions like “Ceramic Sculpture” in Rhona Hoffman Gallery (2013), “Art Crafting towards the future” in the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, “Paul Clay” by Salon 94 or “Contemporary Ceramics in Tokai – Thinking New Generation” by Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, to name a few.

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Platinum Kairagi Shino bowl. ©Kuwata

In his career, Kuwata was also granted several notorious awards: Grand Prix in the Tableware Festival by the Minister of Economy Trade and Industry (2009), Encouragement Prize in the Asahi Modern Craft Exhibition (2008), MINO Award in the 8th International Ceramics Competition MINO (2008), Silver Prize in the Oribe Design, Craft Competition (2007) and the Grand Prix (Hamada Shouji Award) in the 6thInternational Mashiko ceramics competition.

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Gleen-slipped Platinum Kairagi Shino bowl. ©Yasushi Ichikawa, courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery

His public collections belong to the Rubell Family Collection, the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, The University of Michigan Museum of Art, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa) and the Takahashi Collection.

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Yellow-slipped Gold Kairagi Shino bowl. ©Kuwata

The young artist Takuro Kuwata brings to life dysfunctional and oddly elegant clay objects. Leaving much to chance, the surfaces are thickly glazed to literally explode when baked in the kiln. Kuwata’s goal is to “create joyful and fun works, by making the most use of the characteristics of the materials”. By exploring and breaking the rules of ceramics, Kuwata has become one of the most intriguing young artists transforming the media nowadays. We can’t wait to see his future projects.

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Black-slipped Gold Kairagi Shino bowl. ©Salon 94

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Black-slipped and Gold-drips bowl. ©Kuwata

 

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