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 Montréal, Canada where he studied under ceramic artist Gaétan Beaudin. During this period, he traveled back to Japan twice to study under Tatsuzō Shimaoka in Mashiko. In 1981, Kuroda made a more permanent return to Japan and worked in Matsuzaki on the west coast of the Izu Peninsula. There he managed “Shop Taizo” by the Shibuya PARCO store in Tokyo from 1984-7. 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 that they either are finished with a non-sparkling glaze similar to the unctuous surface of candle wax, or have no glaze at all. Most of his recent works have been painstakingly burnished, using extremely fine grains of sandpaper to produce a soft, delicate surface showing subtle reflections of light like an eggshell. Many of Kuroda’s ceramics have an asymmetric design that is infinitely more interesting than most modern porcelains, which are often perfectly shaped and cast from the same mould. Kuroda’s intake of influence from Chinese and Korean prototypes shows in his flower-container dishes, but he elaborates on these in his own style with strikingly-slender necks or dramatic elegant tapering foot.

Kurorda currently lives and works in Futo, Izu Peninsula of Japan in a house that mirrors the purity and simplicity of his porcelains: built of cedar and cypress with plain white walls, pure, surrounded by trees and bamboo overlooking Sagami Bay.