“T”ea for Takuro

Takuro Kuwata a young japanese artist born in Hiroshima 1981, who developed his own path in the world of ceramics combining is authentic style with traditional techniques.

1takuro_kuwataGraduated from Kyoto Saga Art College Ceramics Art course in 2001, he became Susumu Zaima apprentice in 2002.

2takuroTakuro loves Northern European furniture, London’s tube metro system and bright colors. “Working with these kind of colors make me feel good and the emotions that come from this kind of creation make people and me feel very joyful.” said the young artist.

3Pink_slipped_gold_Kairagi_Shino_bowl_TK_132Loving Northern European design, Kuwata wanted to combine it with some “hand-made feelings” and experimenting he gradually developed his own approach to the pottery world.

Yellow_green_slipped_gold_drop_bowl_lr_TK_136In traditional Japanese ceramics, bright colors were used to decorate or draw a figure on ceramics as an accent, but using bright colors on the entire ceramics had never been done before, making Takuro’s gem-studded vessels, in vivid Pop Art reds and blues, appear far removed from traditional Japanese tea ceremony ware.

5Takuro_Kuwata“The tea ceremony bowl has both a specific function and a more abstract aesthetic,” Kuwata said.


Sherbet-hued bowls — malleable-looking structures with cracked, milk-white armors of glaze — could only be surreal, even psychedelic renderings of tea ceremony ceramics.

7takuro_kuwataKuwata does not see his work as rebelling against the norms. “I’m not trying to break the rules,” he said. “I just want to apply a contemporary sensibility to pottery. I believe I can create something truly new, work that reflects our time.”

8red_gold_takuro_kuwataTakuro Kuwata has exhibited his work at places like Salon 94 Bowery, Venus over Manhattan, Rhona Hoffman Gallery or Rakusui-tei Museum of Art.