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Oral history interview with Toshiko Takaezu, 2003 June 16

Interviewee:
Takaezu, Toshiko, 1922-2011  Search this
Interviewer:
Williams, Gerald, 1926-2014  Search this
Subject:
Horan, Claude.  Search this
Grotell, Maija  Search this
Cleveland Institute of Art  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Princeton University  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Ceramics -- Technique  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Asian American women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Japanese American art  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Japanese American women artists  Search this
Asian American ceramicists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women potters  Search this
Theme:
Asian American  Search this
Women  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12097
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)256539
AAA_collcode_takaez03
Theme:
Asian American
Women
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_256539
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Toshiko Takaezu

Interviewee:
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Interviewer:
Williams, Gerald, 1926-2014  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Cleveland Institute of Art -- Faculty  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art -- Students  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Princeton University -- Faculty  Search this
Grotell, Maija  Search this
Horan, Claude.  Search this
Extent:
33 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2003 June 16
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.
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:
Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011) was a Japanese American ceramist of Quakertown, New Jersey. Gerry Williams (1926- ) is the co-founder and former editor of Studio Potter in Dunbarton, New Hampshire. Takaezu's birth date is also cited as 1929.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 38 min.
Provenance:
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.
Occupation:
Ceramicists -- New Jersey  Search this
Topic:
Ceramics -- Technique  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Asian American women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Japanese American art  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Japanese American women artists  Search this
Asian American ceramicists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women potters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.takaez03
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw922563297-8b8e-452b-bb2b-c8485197f8a8
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-takaez03
Online Media:

Transcript of Toshiko Takaezu Interviewed by Richard Polsky for Columbia University

Collection Creator:
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1986-1995
Collection Restrictions:
The glaze recipes in the studio practice files are access restricted; written permission is required to view these documents. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Toshiko Takaezu papers, circa 1925-circa 2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Toshiko Takaezu papers
Toshiko Takaezu papers / Series 3: Interviews and Documentaries / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw926d5fc15-30c8-4d00-bec6-42f540eb9e20
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-takatosh-ref357
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Vita Marinae, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Horan, Claude 1917-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic tile
Type:
Sculptures-Mural
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by State of Hawaii Art in Public Places Program 250 South Hotel Street, 2nd Floor Honolulu Hawaii 96813
Located Waikiki Aquarium Honolulu Hawaii
Date:
1975
Topic:
Waterscape  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66260038
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_301902

(Four Sculptures and Landscapes), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Abe, Satoru 1926-  Search this
Akaji, Bumpei 1921-  Search this
Horan, Claude 1917-  Search this
Shutt, Ken 1928-  Search this
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by State of Hawaii Art in Public Places Program 250 South Hotel Street, 2nd Floor Honolulu Hawaii 96813
Located Leilehua High School Oahu Hawaii
Date:
1976
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66260055
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_301919

Ho'olaulea, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Horan, Claude 1917-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by State of Hawaii Art in Public Places Program 250 South Hotel Street, 2nd Floor Honolulu Hawaii 96813
Located Red Hill Elementary School Oahu Hawaii
Date:
1976
Topic:
Recreation--Sport & Play  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66260060
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_301924

Na he'enalu o kailua maluna o ke kilohana a na nalu, (sculpture)

Title:
Surfers of Kailua on the Best of the Waves, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Horan, Claude 1917-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by State of Hawaii Art in Public Places Program 250 South Hotel Street, 2nd Floor Honolulu Hawaii 96813
Located Kailua High School Administration Building Oahu Hawaii
Date:
1974
Topic:
Allegory--Place--Kailua  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play--Swimming  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66260086
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_301950

In the Spirit of the Koolaus, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Horan, Claude 1917-  Search this
Assistant:
Davenport, Tony  Search this
Medium:
Glazed ceramic tile
Type:
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by State of Hawaii Art in Public Places Program 250 South Hotel Street, 2nd Floor Honolulu Hawaii 96813
Located Kalaheo High School 730 Iliaina Street Gymnasium roof overhang Kailua Hawaii
Date:
1980
Topic:
Landscape--Hawaii  Search this
Landscape--Mountain--Koolau Mountains  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66260087
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_301951

Ki'i Kalai Mea Pa'ani Na Kamali'i, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Horan, Claude 1917-  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: ceramic; Foundation: concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Site-specific
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by State of Hawaii Art in Public Places Program 250 South Hotel Street, 2nd Floor Honolulu Hawaii 96813
Located Kealakehe Elementary School 74-5118 Kealakua Street Playground Kailua-Kona Hawaii
Date:
1974
Topic:
Animal  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66260117
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_301981

The Stallion and His Crew, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Horan, Claude 1917-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by State of Hawaii Art in Public Places Program 250 South Hotel Street, 2nd Floor Honolulu Hawaii 96813
Located Pukalani Elementary School Maui Hawaii
Date:
1979
Topic:
Animal--Horse  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66260133
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_301997

Moby Dick and Friends, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Horan, Claude 1917-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by State of Hawaii Art in Public Places Program 250 South Hotel Street, 2nd Floor Honolulu Hawaii 96813
Located Kekaha Elementary School Entrance lawn Kauai Hawaii
Date:
1980
Topic:
Literature--Melville--Moby Dick  Search this
State of Being--Emotion--Friendship  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66260151
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_302015

Rorschach Pot, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Horan, Claude 1917-  Search this
Medium:
Stoneware
Type:
Sculptures-Decorative arts
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution Division of Ceramics and Glass 14th Street & Constitution Avenue, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 258399
Date:
1962
Topic:
Homage--Rorschach, H  Search this
Control number:
IAS 08630013
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_304040

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Horan, Claude 1917-  Search this
Medium:
Clay
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Honolulu Advertiser 605 Kapiolani Boulevard Honolulu Hawaii 96813
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 65600059
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_291943

Cecil, (sculpture)

Title:
Sea Serpent, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Horan, Claude 1917-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic, clay slips, transparent glazes
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by State of Hawaii Art in Public Places Program 250 South Hotel Street, 2nd Floor Honolulu Hawaii 96813
Located Red Hill Elementary School 1265 Ala Kula Place Honolulu Hawaii
Date:
1976
Topic:
Animal--Bird  Search this
Animal--Reptile--Snake  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87600046
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_295616

Glass, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Horan, Claude 1917-  Search this
Medium:
Glass
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Contemporary Art Center of Hawaii 605 Kapiolani Boulevard Honolulu Hawaii 96813
Date:
1974
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 75003863
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_7305

Blue Glass, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Horan, Claude 1917-  Search this
Medium:
Glass
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Contemporary Art Center of Hawaii 605 Kapiolani Boulevard Honolulu Hawaii 96813
Date:
1975
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 75003864
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_7306

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