Taizo Kuroda

Taizo Kuroda, born in Japan on January 1, 1946, is recognized as one of the most important artists in Japanese contemporary ceramics.

Kuroda began his studies in ceramics while living in Montreal, Canada during the late 1960’s. During his time in Canada, he studied under the ceramic artist Gaétan Beaudin whose work had many sculptural overtones. Kuroda also traveled back to Japan to study under Shimaoka Tatsuzō, a student of world-renowned potter Shōji Hamada who would later become a Living National Treasure of Japan. In 1981, Kuroda made a permanent return to Japan and built his home and studio in Futo, the Izu Peninsula.

In 1992, Kuroda developed his distinct white porcelain style. Kuroda’s works differ from traditional porcelains in that they are either finished with a non-sparkling glaze similar to the surface of candle wax or have no glaze at all. Many of his recent works are painstakingly burnished, using extremely fine grains of sandpaper to produce a soft, delicate surface that subtly reflects light. The ceramics’ asymmetric designs and minor imperfections hint at the artist’s hand in their creation, making them more compelling than their mass produced counterparts.  Although traditional Chinese and Korean influences are clear in Kuroda’s work, he imbues his pieces with his own style and striking details like long slender necks or dramatically tapering bases.

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