Taizo Kuroda

“Taizo Kuroda’s ‘pure white’ reflects the color of his spirit in the unceasing pursuit of truth.” – Tadao Ando

Taizo Kuroda was born in Japan in 1946. In 1966, he went to France and lived in Paris for 1 year before moving to New York and eventually settling down in Montreal, Canada where he studied under the ceramic artist, Geatan Beaudin. During this period, he came back to Japan twice to study under Tatsuzo Shimaoka in Mashiko. In 1981, Kuroda returned to Japan and worked in Matsuzaki on the West Coast of the Izu Peninsula and he managed “Shop Taizo” by the Shibuya Parco Store in Tokyo from 1984 – 1987. He built his residence and studio in Futo, Izu Peninsula.

In 1992, Kuroda developed his distinct white porcelain style. As Michael Dunn writes in his essay “The Art of Taizo Kuroda”, Kuroda’s works differ from traditional porcelains in being either finished with a non-sparkling glaze similar to the unctuous surface of candle wax, or by having no glaze at all. Most of his recent works have been painstakingly burnished, using even-finer grades of sandpaper to produce a soft, caressible surface showing subtle reflections of light like an eggshell. Many of Kuroda’s ceramics show an asymmetry that is infinitely more interesting than most modern porcelains which are perfectly shaped, symmetrical and cast from the same mould. Kuroda shows influences of Chinese and Korean prototypes in his flower-container dishes, but he improves on these with strikingly-slender necks or dramatic elegant tapering foot.

Kurorda currently lives and works in Futo, Izu Peninsula of Japan. He lives in a house built of cedar and cypress, with plain white walls, pure, simple and edited like his ceramics surrounded by trees and bamboo, overlooking Sagami Bay.