Toshiko Takaezu's Artist Statement

by Toshiko Takaezu



Chronology

1922
Born in Pepeekeo, Hawaii.

1944
Takes sculpture lessons with Carl Massa

1945-47
Works at ceramic production facility in wood-working mill;
meets ceramist and teacher Claude Horan there

1947-49
Saturday classes at Honolulu Art School;
studies with Louis Pohl and Ralston Crawford

1948-51
Attends University of Hawaii. Studies clay with Claude Horan,
design with Bert Carpenter, weaving with Hester Robinson

1949-51
Teachers adult education evening classes at Honolulu YWCA.
Teachers part-time at Manoa grade school, Honolulu

1951-54
Attends Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Studies clay with Maija Grotell, sculpture with Bill Mcvey,
weaving with Marianne Strengell

1952
Receives student award for best clay student. Receives Mclnerny
Foundation grant with provision to teach in Hawaii at later
time 1953 Becomes assistant to Maija Grotell

1954
Teaches summer sessions at Cranbrook Academy of Art

1954-55
Teaches at University of Wisconsin (Madison) Art Department
as sabbatical replacement for Harvey Littleton

1955-56
Eight-month trip to Japan. Visit folk potters, including Hamada,
Rosanjin and Kaneshige; invited to work in Kaneshige studio

1955-64
Faculty member and head of ceramic department at Cleveland
Institute of Art.

1957
Participates in Asilomar, first annual conference of
the American Craftsmen's Council

1958-59
Teaches at Honolulu Academy of Art in fulfillment of Mclnerny
Foundation grant received in 1951

1958
Receives Founder's Society Purchase Prize, Michigan Artist Show

1958
Receives Potter Mellon Award, Cleveland, Ohio

1961
Receives Best in Show award, Washington Kiln Club

1962
Receives Cleveland (Ohio) Women's City Club Award;
Founder's Society Award, Michigan Artist Craftsmen Show;
Pemco Award, Syracuse

1964
Establishes studio in Clinton, New Jersey

1965
Leaves position at Cleveland Institute of Art and moves to Clinton,
New Jersey

1966
Travels to Machu Picchu (Peru) and Bolivia

1967-92
Faculty as Fellow of the American Craft Council

1980
Receives national Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

1983
Receives Dickinson Art Award, Dickinson College, Carlisle,
Pennsylvania

1986
Receives first New Jersey Governor's Award

1987
Receives Honorary Ph.D.., Lewis and Clark Clark College,
Portland, Oregon

1987
Receives Living Treasure Award, Honolulu, Hawaii

1992
Rolling Hills Girl Scout Council, Bridgewater, N.J.
"Women of Achievement"

1992
Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA. "Honorary Degree"

1992
Howard Behrman Award, Princeton, University, Princeton, N.J.

1993
University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, Honorary Doctor of Humane
Letters

1994
New Jersey Pride Award, Morristown, N.J. "The Arts"

1994
American Craft Center, New York, N.Y. "Gold Medal Award"

1994
University of North Carolina, Wilmington, N.C.
"Human Treasure Award"


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