1978 M.F.A. New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
1976 B. F.A. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
1972-74 Apprentice in traditional domestic pottery, Koishiwara, Fukuoka, Japan
1969-71 Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan
1993 to present Professor of Art / Ceramics, School of Art, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Awards / Grants / Honors
2011 USA Ford Fellow, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Neddy Artist Fellowship for Painting and Ceramics, Seattle, WA
2006 Elected to the American Craft Council College of Fellows, New York, NY
Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, New York, NY
2004 Visual Artists Award, Flintridge Foundation, Pasadena, CA
2001 Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant, Evanston, IL
1996 Fellowship, European Keramic Work Centre, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
1992 Visual Artists Fellowship Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC
1988 Visual Artists Fellowship Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC
1986 Visual Artists Fellowship Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS (since 1996)
2012 People/Alphabet, Barry Friedman Ltd, New York, NY
2011 Boys: James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
2010 A Recent Survey: Harvey/Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO
2009 Europeans: James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
Alice/Venus: Barry Friedman Ltd, New York, NY
Akio Takamori: Witte Zaal, Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst, Gent, Belgium
2007 Akio Takamori: New Work, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Akio Takamori: Figures in Clay, International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary
2006 Akio Takamori: The Laughing Monks, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2005 Between Clouds of Memory: Akio Takamori, a Mid-Career Survey, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Akio Takamori: Innocence, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
2004 Sleeping Figures, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Akio Takamori: New Work, Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA
2003 Omnipotent: Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Others and Self: Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA
2001 Boat: Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2000 Ensemble: Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA
1999 Akio Takamori: New Work, Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA
1998 Akio Takamori Robert Else Gallery, California State University, Sacramento, CA
1997 New Work: European Ceramics Work Center, The Netherlands
1996 New Work: European Ceramic Work Center, The Netherlands
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS (since 1997)
2011 Hiding Places: Memory in the Arts, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
2011 Terra-Cotta, Primitive Future: Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gyeongsangnam, Korea
2010 Magnificent Gifts: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Reflection 1: Kunstforum Solothurn Gallery, Solothurn, Switzerland
2009 Outside the Ordinary: Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
New Old and New New: Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2008 Transitions: 5 artists join Barry Friedman, Ltd, Barry Friedman Ltd, New York, NY
International Ceramics: Galerie Artworks, Antwerp, Belgium
2007 Kanzan and Jittoku: Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Diane and Sandy Besser Collection: Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Shy Boy, She Devil and Isis: Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA
Idea of Man ll: Kunstforvm Solothvrn, Solothurn, Switzerland
2006 Human Form in Clay: The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, Japan Japan
2005 Dual Vision: The Chazen Collection, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY
2004 Double Vision: Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2003 Panopticon: An Art Spectacular, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Now and Now: Ceramic Biennale, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Gyeonggi Province, Korea
2002 Clay Body Rhetoric: Beach Museum of Art, Kansas University, Manhattan, KS
The Figure in Ceramics, Galley of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR
2001 Identities: Contemporary Portraiture, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
Taking Measure: New Millennium World Ceramic Exposition, Yoju, Korea
Poetics of Clay: An International Perspective, Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland
2000 Color and Fire: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1999 Anne and Sam Davis Collection, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe AZ
1998 20th Century Decorative Works of Art & Contemporary Works of Art, Sotheby’s, New York, NY
1997 The Art of Desire: The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University School of Fine Art, Bloomington, IN
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTION
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Carnegie Institute Art Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Kruithuis Museum, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Microsoft Corporation Art Collection, Redmond, WA
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC
The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, Japan
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
The National Museum of History, Taipei, Republic of China
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Swiss Museum of Ceramics and Glass, Geneva, Switzerland
Hallmark Art Collection, Kansas City, MO
Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Republic of China
Arizona State University Art Museum, Ceramic Research Center, Tempe, AZ
The Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AK
The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
George Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Canada
University of Washington, School of Law, Seattle, WA
University of Washington, Allen Center, Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Smithsonian Institute, Archives of American Art, New York, NY
Books and Catalogues
Biskeborn, Susan. Artists at Work: Twenty-five Northwest Glassmakers, Ceramists, and Jewelers. Seattle: Alaska Northwest Books, 1990.
Clark, Garth. American Ceramics, 1876 to the Present. New York: Abbeville Press, 1988.
_____. The Eccentric Teapot. New York: Abbeville, 1989
_____. The Book of Cups. New York: Abbeville Press, 1990.
_____. Akio Takamori-Ceramic Sculpture. New York: The Garth Clark Gallery, 2001.
_____. The Artful Teapot. London: Thames & Hudson, 2001.
Connell, Martha. Figuration in Clay: Works from an Obsessive and Highly Personal Private Collection. Atlanta: Connell Gallery, University of South Carolina, 2001.
Cromwell-Lacy, Sherry, ed. Ceramic Artists: Distinguished Alumni of Kansas City Art Institute. Kansas City, MO: Kemper Gallery, Kansas City Art Institute, 1983.
Del Vecchio, Mark. Postmodern Ceramics. London: Thames & Hudson, 2001.
Douglas, Mary F., Editor. Allan Chasanoff Ceramic Collection. Charlotte, NC: Mint Museum of Craft + Design, 2000.
Guido, Jeff. The Figure in Clay. Detroit: Pewabic Pottery.
Gunter, Veronica. 500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form, Lark Books, Asheville, NC, 2004
Hammel, Lisa. Drawn to the Surface. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
Held, Peter, Between Clouds of Memory: Akio Takamori, A Mid-Career Survey, ASU, Tempe, AZ, 2005
Johnston, Phillip M. Kansas City Collects Contemporary Ceramics. Kansas City, MO: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 1989.
Kangas, Matthew. Material Vision: Image and Object. Charleston, IL: Tarble Arts Center.
Rubin, Michael G. Architectural Ceramics: Eight Concepts. St. Louis: Gallery of Art, Washington University, 1985.
Schmidt, James Ropiequet. Figurative Clay '87. Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University, 1987.
Stofflet, Mary. Cultural Currents. San Diego: San Diego Museum of Art, 1988.
Periodicals and Reviews
"Akio Takamori," Ceramics Monthly, 31/7 (September, 1983).
Beal, Suzanne. “When Memories Collide,” Seattle City Arts, December 2008.
Chattopadhyay, Coletta. “Akio Takamori at Frank Lloyd Gallery,” World Sculpture News, Spring 1998.
Farr, Sheila, “Takamori Looks Upward and Inward for Ceramic Inspiration,” The Seattle Times, March 15, 2002.
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Giambruni, Helen. "Reviews: Akio Takamori," Craft International (April, 1986).
Jensen, Robert. "Architectural Ceramics: Eight Concepts," American Crafts 45/3 (June/July 1985).
Kelley, Jeff. "Potters and Prints," American Ceramics, 4/1 (1981).
Kangas, Matthew, "Akio Takamori: Global Village People," Sculpture, June 2001.
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Lynn, Martha Drexler. "Akio Takamori: Piquant Contemporary Observation, Time-honored Means," American Craft, June/July 1993.
Luecking, Stephen. "Stories Seldom Told," American Ceramics, 10/1 (1992)
Marshall, Will Levi. “Head, Heart and Hand,” Ceramic Review, May/June 1998
McTwigan, Michael. "A Passionate Vision: The Collector Daniel Jacobs," American Ceramics, 3/2 (1984).
Nasisse, Andy. "The Battleground of Eros: Akio Takamori," American Ceramics, 5/1 (1986).
"N.E.A. Craft Fellowships," Ceramics Monthly, February 1993.
Newby, Rick. "To Stave Off Death," Ceramics: Art and Perception, Issue 8/1992.
Ollman, Leah. "Different Worlds Intersect as They Set Sail Together in Takamori's 'Boat,' Los Angeles Times, June 1, 2001.
Ross, Jeanette. "Boise," Artweek, (October 24, 1987).
Silberman, Robert, “Akio Takamori: Between Clouds of Memory,” American Craft, February/March 2006.
Sperry, Robert. "Potters Making Prints," Ceramics Monthly, May, 1985.
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Takamori, Akio. "Out of the Cage," The Studio Potter, December 1992.
Tirrell, Norma, "The Archie Bray Legacy - Four Decades of American Ceramic Art," Ceramics Monthly, December 1993.
Wagonfeld, Judy. “Head Games,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 18, 2002
Wood, D, “Beyond Clouds of Memory: Akio Takamori, A mid-Career Survey,” Ceramics Monthly, December 2005.