Biography

Takuro Kuwata (b. 1981, Hiroshima, Japan) lives and works in Tajimi City, Gifu. Kuwata graduated from Kyoto Saga Art College, Department of Fine Arts, in Ceramic Arts (2001), and started studying under master potter Susumu Zaima in 2002.

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In 2015, Kuwata was awarded a grant from the Arts Council Tokyo, which culminated in a solo presentation at the Sogetsu Plaza, Tokyo, titled ‘Heaven, Indoor Stone Garden’. In 2018, Kuwata was awarded one of two special mentions as a finalist for the LOEWE Craft Prize 2018 and his work was subsequently displayed in the award’s exhibition at the Design Museum, London.

Kuwata is best known for his bold combinations of traditional ceramic techniques and experimental sculptural processes, which have been presented in numerous institutions worldwide. Rendering his ceramics in a highly colourful visual palette, Kuwata breaks from the conventional aesthetic of wabi-sabi, instead creating fractured forms, vivid glazes, metallic embellishments and glistening droplets that congeal on the surfaces of his vessels.

But while his approach might be framed as wholly radical, Kuwata has frequently underlined his staunch commitment to historical techniques used in Japanese craft: ‘I’m not trying to break the rules’, he has reflected. ‘I just want to apply a contemporary sensibility to pottery. I believe I can create something truly new, work that reflects our time.’

Kuwata has had solo exhibitions at Salon 94, New York, US (2021); Kakiden Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2020); Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, 7F Exhibition Hall, Tokyo, Japan (2020); Ginza Kuroda Touen Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2019); Pierre Marie Giraud, Brussels, Belgium (2019); Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto, Japan (2019); Hagi Uragami Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan (2019); Galería Mascota, Mexico City, Mexico (2018); Trading Museum Comme des Garçons, Tokyo, Japan (2018); Kakiden Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2018); Kosaku Kanechika, Tokyo, Japan (2017); Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK (2017); Gendai Tougei Kandori, Tokyo, Japan (2017); and Sogetsu Plaza, Tokyo, Japan (2015); amongst others.

His work is included in notable collections including Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, US; The Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, US; Rubell Family Collection, Miami, US; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, US; Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Kanazawa, Japan; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US; and Rakusuitei Museum of Art, Toyama, Japan.

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Works

Untitled, 2021

Porcelain, stone, glaze, steel, pigment and platinum leaf
53 x 36 x 38.5 cm (20 7/8 x 14 1/8 x 15 1/8 in)
Courtesy: © Takuro Kuwata

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Porcelain, glaze, steel, pigment, gold leaf and platinum leaf
41 x 42 x 43.5 cm (16 1/8 x 16 1/2 x 17 1/8 in)
Courtesy: © Takuro Kuwata

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Porcelain, glaze, pigment and platinum
33.5 x 35 x 34.5 cm (13 1/4 x 13 3/4 x 13 5/8 in)
Courtesy: © Takuro Kuwata

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Untitled, 2017

Porcelain, glaze, pigment, gold and steel
87 x 56 x 57 cm (34 1/4 x 22 x 22 1/2 in)
Courtesy: © Takuro Kuwata

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Tea Bowl, 2019

Porcelain, glaze, pigment, platinum and steel
36.5 x 42.5 x 43 cm (14 3/8 x 16 3/4 x 16 7/8 in)
Courtesy: © Takuro Kuwata

Untitled, 2019

Porcelain, glaze, pigment, platinum and steel
56.5 x 57.5 x 54.5 cm (22 1/4 x 22 5/8 x 21 1/2 in)
Courtesy: © Takuro Kuwata

Untitled, 2018

Porcelain, stone, glaze, pigment, gold and platinum
16.5 x 11 x 10.2 cm (6 1/2 x 4 3/8 x 4 1/8 in)
Courtesy: © Takuro Kuwata

Tea Bowl, 2018

Porcelain, glaze, pigment and platinum
14 x 16.8 x 16 cm (5 1/2 x 6 5/8 x 6 1/4 in)
Courtesy: © Takuro Kuwata

Tea Bowl, 2018

Porcelain, glaze, pigment, gold and platinum
16.4 x 20.2 x 16.1 cm (6 1/2 x 8 x 6 3/8 in)
Courtesy: © Takuro Kuwata

Untitled, 2016

Porcelain, glaze, pigment, steel, gold and lacquer
188 x 50 x 50 cm (74 1/8 x 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in)
Courtesy: © Takuro Kuwata

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Porcelain, glaze, pigment, steel, gold and lacquer
288 x 135 x 130 cm (113 3/8 x 53 1/8 x 51 1/8 in)
Courtesy: © Takuro Kuwata

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Porcelain, stone, glaze, pigment, steel, gold and lacquer
293 x 135 x 139 cm (115 3/8 x 53 1/8 x 54 3/4 in)
Courtesy: © Takuro Kuwata

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Glaze, gold and platinum
14 x 20.2 x 16.3 cm (5 1/2 x 8 x 6 3/8 in)
Courtesy: © Takuro Kuwata

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Porcelain, glaze and pigment
13 x 19.3 x 18 cm (4 1/4 x 6 5/8 x 5 7/8 in)
Courtesy: © Takuro Kuwata

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Porcelain, glaze, pigment, gold and platinum
12.3 x 14.3 x 14.5 cm (4 7/8 x 5 5/8 x 5 3/4 in)
Courtesy: © Takuro Kuwata

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Porcelain, glaze and pigment
11 x 15 x 14.3 cm (4 3/8 x 5 7/8 x 5 5/8 in)
Courtesy: © Takuro Kuwata

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Press

Japanese tea bowl renaissance by ceramic artist Takuro Kuwata

Daria Kravchuk, Stir World

January 2024

Art or design? Art Week Tokyo exhibition relooks at the role of craft in post-war Japanese art

Andrew Maerkle, The Art Newspaper

October 2023

The Wondrously Defiant Art of Contemporary Ceramics

Olivia McEwan, Hyperallergic

January 2023

There Will Be Mud: Contemporary Ceramics At The Hayward

Jennifer Lucy Allan, The Quietus

November 2022

A Question Of Clay: Strange Clay – Hayward Gallery – Revd Jonathan Evens

Revd Jonathan Evens, Artlyst

November 2022

Strange Clay: I skipped happily through this punchy show

Waldemar Anuszczak, The Times

November 2022

How the art world finally started taking ceramics seriously

Colin Gleadell, The Telegraph

November 2022

Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art review — A show to delight and amaze

Laura Freeman, The Times

October 2022

Strange Clay: a garden of weird and wonderful delights at the Southbank

Gabrielle Schwarz, The Telegraph

October 2022

Strange Clay review – gleeful globs, erupting goo and an octopus in the toilet

Adrian Searle, The Guardian

October 2022

Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art

Apollo

October 2022

Strange Clay delves into the weird and wonderful world of modern ceramics

Dom Carter, Creative Boom

October 2022

Jonathan Anderson on an Industry in Flux

Liam Freeman, Vogue

February 2020

Takuro Kuwata in Conversation with Takuhito Kawashima

Takuhito Kawashima, Apartamento

May 2019

Why I Create

Takuro Kuwata, Phaidon

September 2017

Review: Takuro Kuwata, Alison Jacques Gallery

Eva Masterman, C-File

December 2016

Review: Takuro Kuwata, Alison Jacques Gallery

Anna Sansom, DAMN° magazine

November 2016

Takuro Kuwata: From Tea Bowl

Mark Rappolt, ArtReview

November 2016

Drinking Out of Cups? Eccentric Ceramics Reinvent the Tea Ceremony

Anna Marks, Vice

September 2016

Interview: Takuro Kuwata

Megan Garwood, Living Form

July 2016

One to Watch: Takuro Kuwata

Amelia Manderscheid, Christie’s Magazine

February 2015

Ceramics with Explosive Results

Jeffrey Uslip, Kaleidoscope Asia

September 2014

Breaking the Mold

Erica Bellman, T: The New York Times Style Magazine

January 2013

Exhibitions

Takuro Kuwata: From Tea Bowl

7 October5 November 2016

Books

Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art

Phaidon

2017

Céramique Japonaises Contemporaines (Japanese Contemporary Ceramics)

iKi édition

2016

Takuro Kuwata

Pierre Marie Giraud

2014

News

Takuro Kuwata

in ‘Your home is where you’re happy’, Haus Mödrath - Räume für Kunst, Kerpen

Takuro Kuwata

Okayama Art Creation Theatre

Takuro Kuwata

in ‘Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art’, Hayward Gallery, London

Takuro Kuwata & Hannah Wilke

in ‘Cracked’, Tristan Hoare Gallery, London

Takuro Kuwata

in ‘Funka’, Siegfried Contemporary, London

Takuro Kuwata

in ‘EARTH, WIND & FIRE’, eN arts, Kyoto

Takuro Kuwata

in ‘Frieze Sculpture’, London

Takuro Kuwata

in ‘Japanese Kōgei: Future Forward’, MAD New York

Takuro Kuwata x LOEWE

The Japanese artist collaborates on A/W LOEWE collection

Takuro Kuwata: Day After Day

Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto

Takuro Kuwata

in ‘Ceramic Momentum: Staging the Object’, CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art, Denmark

Takuro Kuwata: Dear Tea Bowl, Horsetails are in season in Hagi

Hagi Uragami Museum, Japan

Takuro Kuwata

in ‘The Dramatic Vessel’, Iwate Museum of Art, Japan

Takuro Kuwata

Marunouchi Street Gallery, Tokyo

Takuro Kuwata

Trading Museum COMME des GARÇONS, Tokyo

Takuro Kuwata awarded special mention at LOEWE Craft Prize 2018

The Japanese artist is one of two finalists awarded a commendation

Takuro Kuwata

in ‘Regarding George Ohr’, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida

Takuro Kuwata

in ‘Japanese Kogei: Future Forward’, EYE OF GYRE, Tokyo