Sunday, May 26, 2013

toshiko takaezu

Today I had the great privilege of once again visiting the home
of American ceramicist Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011)

 I met Toshiko after a lecture event at a local college many years ago.
I'm a very shy person at public events but I knew there may never be another 
opportunity like this so I mustered my courage and walked up to introduced myself, 
telling her what an honor it was to meet her and how much I admired her work.
She smiled, took both of my hands into her own, looked me
straight in the eye and told me I must come and visit her.
That's how I first found out about her open house events.

Toshiko held annual open house events to sell her 
own pieces as well as showcase the work of her current apprentice.
I'm so glad the tradition is being continued by the current owner, Don Fletcher.

The blue orb under the baby grand piano stole my heart...when I rounded
the stairs and came upon that view it took my breath away.

Toshiko kept her loom by that window,
I was told it was donated to Penland after her passing.
It's always been a dream of mine to attend a summer workshop there.

To be able to touch and hold the pieces that are generally 
off limits at any museum was such a treat.
Inside many of her works are small clay balls 
which rattle and sing when the piece is gently shaken.

What an amazing day...
I'll be sure to visit again for their winter event.


  1. I'd love to visit her house !

  2. What a wonderful experience! It must be amazing to hold those pieces. And what a beautiful spirit. So glad you mustered your courage to meet her. I too have dreamed of taking a workshop at Penland or the John C Campbell Folk School. Maybe one day we could take one together :)

  3. i am moved by the grace in her face . . .