Takayuki Watanabe

A ceramic artist who who believes that living itself is linked to “pottery” and expresses things that are not bound within the framework of potters in general. He lives in the mountains of Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture, where he digs the soil, chops the wood, and fires his wood-fired kiln. The culture of pottery that he experienced while wandering around Asia when he was young, the time he spent training under Taizo Kuroda, the time he received high praise as a pottery artist; the expression of the earth at which he arrived after all of this is a model for the borrowing and shaping of the energies of wood and fire, born of his pure philosophy in which all things are born from, and eventually return to, the earth. As containers conceptually separated from function, the “Nohara” series of works, which used plants as their raw materials and were exhibited at GALLERY crossing in 2020, “Kakera” which was made by firing together collected blocks of soil, and “Kubomi” which copies the shapes of dents in the earth, have their essential aesthetic reflected through the artist’s experience with the earth, until now. His expression questions his idea of “pottery = living”, and is also an act akin to a lifelong experiment.

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PROFILE

  • 1981

    Born in Shizuoka,Japan.

  • 2000

    Graduated Meisei University.

  • 2001

    He met ceramics researcher Mr.Shunichi Yoshimura,
    and his interest in clay deepened.

  • 2002

    He became acquainted with lifestyles
    that incorporate earthenware such as those in India and Nepal.

  • 2004

    In China, he learned about the mass production of porcelain.

  • 2005

    Worked as an apprentice to ceramic artist Mr.Taizo Kuroda.

  • 2007

    He traveled through the earthenware cultures of
    seven countries in Asia.

  • 2008

    Settled in Izu.
    He digs his own clay.

  • 2010

    He makes firewood kilns, and has begun making ceramics in earnest.

  • Currently living and working in Izu , Shizuoka prefecture.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITION

  • 2021

    Harvest, pragmata, Tokyo, Japan
    ARU Gallery noir/NOKTA, Shizuoka, Japan
    Earth Elements, Gallery Utsuwanote, Saitama, Japan
    IKITEIRU TO IUKOTO, ippo plus, Osaka, Japan

  • 2020

    terloboif, cite’, Hiroshima, Japan
    Earth collection 2020, GALLERY crossing, Gifu, Japan
    Takayuki Watanabe’s exhibition,Zazenseki, Shizuoka, Japan
    Environment, Center for COSMIC WONDER, Tokyo, Japan
    Takayuki Watanabe grande exposition de poteries, galerie 1to7, Paris, France
    Takayuki Watanabe’s exhibition, TRI GALLERY OCHANOMIZU, Tokyo, Japan

  • 2019

    Takayuki Watanabe’s exhibition, ippo plus, Osaka, Japan
    Sedimentation, pragmata, Tokyo, Japan
    KATACHI, miepump gallery, Tottori, Japan
    Takayuki Watanabe’s exhibition, Gallery noir/NOKTA, Shizuoka, Japan

  • 2018

    TUCHI NO KOE, Gallery Utsuwanote, Saitama, Japan
    Takayuki Watanabe’s exhibition, Mokupere×gallery kino, Shizuoka, Japan

  • 2017

    Takayuki Watanabe’s exhibition, TRI GALLERY OCHANOMIZU, Tokyo, Japan
    terloboif, cite’, Hiroshima, Japan
    KITSUNE NO YOMEIRI, Gallery noir/NOKTA, Shizuoka, Japan
    Language of Fire, pragmata, Tokyo, Japan

  • 2016

    Yakimono, Center for COSMIC WONDER, Tokyo, Japan
    Yakimono, sundayroom,KURA ,Gunma, Japan
    Takayuki Watanabe’s exhibition, Zazenseki, Shizuoka, Japan
    SOKO NI ARUMONO, The Good Luck Store, Shiga, Japan
    Earthenware and Utsuwa Exhibition, Keibunsha mini Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

  • 2015

    Takayuki Watanabe’s exhibition, mokupere×gallery kino, Shizuoka, Japan
    Takayuki Watanabe’s exhibition, Gallery noir/NOKTA,Shizuoka, Japan
    米+水=酒, pragmata, Tokyo, Japan

  • 2014

    Earthenware and Utsuwa Exhibition, Keibunsha mini Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
    Earthenware and Utsuwa Exhibition, gallery kikotsu, Shizuoka, Japan

  • 2013

    Yakikono, sundayroom,KURA ,Gunma, Japan
    Yakikono, Keibunsha mini Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
    土・水・木・火・人, The Good Luck Store, Shiga, Japan
    Earthenware and Utsuwa Exhibition, Levain, Nagano, Japan

  • 2012

    ITSUKANODOKOKA, MITTE gallery, Shizuoka, Japan

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION

  • 2021

    「思索のすゝめ」 メーセービル105 (茨城) *curated by 宮崎優花
    「The VIEWING ROOM」 GALLERY crossing (岐阜)
    「日本当代陶器展 | YAKIMONO」 游牧画廊 (中国) *curated by ギャラリーうつわノート
    「Familiar Soil」 V.V.Sorry (メキシコ)
    「黒田泰蔵弟子達展」 うつわ菜の花 (神奈川)

  • 2020

    「青花の会|工芸祭2020」 *pragmata galleryより出展 (東京)
    「Modern Japan Craft 20’」 Public Record (オークランド・ニュージーランド)
    「GIFT」 ギャラリーnoir/NOKTA (静岡)

  • 2019

    「余韻」 Mr.kitry gallery (オーストラリア)
    「バブルラップ」 熊本市現代美術館 (熊本) *curated by 村上隆

  • 2017

    「村上隆のスーパーフラット現代陶芸考」 十和田現代美術館 (青森)
    「サーキュレーション」 日用美 (神奈川)

  • 2016

    「10展」 ギャラリー noir (静岡)
    「inner energy」 OZ zingaro (東京) *curated by pragmata gallery
    「冬の食卓」 ババグーリ (東京)
    「骨壺コレクション展」 トライギャラリーおちゃのみず (東京)

  • 2015

    「作用展」 OUT BOUND (東京) *以降毎年参加

  • 2012

    「生成りの卓」 丸山邸 蔵 (静岡)

  • 2004

    「Two Construction」 gallery 木骨 (静岡)

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