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A work made of anagama-fired stoneware.

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  • A work made of anagama-fired stoneware.

Date:

1980/89

Artist:

Toshiko Takaezu
American, 1922–2011

About this artwork

Toshiko Takaezu studied at Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art with ceramic pioneer Maija Grotell (see 1964.527). Takaezu’s experiments with traditional, practical shapes resulted in her elongated, bulbous sculptures with no openings. The artist finished these unconventional forms with equally novel firing methods. She fired this piece in an anagama kiln; such Asian wood kilns produce extreme temperatures and thus chance imperfections, which appealed to Takaezu’s Zen approach to artistic creation. The iridescent swirls and shimmering golden tones produced by the anagama firing lead the eye over the body of the work.

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American Art

Artist

Toshiko Takaezu

Title

Untitled

Origin

United States

Date

c. 1980–1989

Medium

Anagama-fired stoneware

Dimensions

47 × 20.3 cm (18 1/2 × 8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Toshiko Takaezu

Reference Number

2006.252

Extended information about this artwork

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