Akio Takamori


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

Teaching Appointment

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



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             



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.

-----, “Akio Takamori’s Figures Explore Multicultural Life,” The Seattle Times, October 22, 2004

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.

-----. “The Evolution of Ceramist Akio Takamori,” The Seattle Times, July 7, 2006.

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.

-----.  "Works in Clay," Art In America, November 1983.

-----. "My God Images," Monthly To Magazine, September 1982.

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.