Takaezu, Toshiko, b. 1922 d. 2011
Active in N.Y.; Ohio; Quakertown, N.J.
Collection size: 18.4 linear feet
Collection Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, exhibition files, artists' files, estate records, photographs, artwork, printed material, and audio visual material documenting Toshiko Takaezu's career as a ceramicist.
Biographical material includes address and appointment books, school certificates, autograph books, awards, medals, resumes and exhibition histories. Voluminous correspondence is with family, friends, dealers, collectors, artists, students, universities, and museums. Exhibition files concern Takaezu's exhibitions. Additional files document her workshops, commissions, writings, and kiln design. Artists' files relate to others and consist mostly of clippings. Legal records regard Takaezu's estate. Photographs and slides are extensive and are of Takaezu in her studio, teaching and at various events, her family, friends, and her artwork.
Artwork consists of works given to Takaezu by students and friends. These range from drawings and watercolors to collages, engravings, and block prints. Printed material is detailed and consists of newspaper clippings, exhibition catalogs, announcements and brochures. Audio visual material includes the motion picture film, "Yu-me" transferred to VHS and well as four VHS tapes, "Toshiko Takaezu: Portrait of An Artist," 1993, "Ballet Toshiko: The Art of Inspiration," 1996, "Toshiko Takaezu: A Potters Work," 1997, and "Toshiko Takaezu: At Home," 1998.
Biographical/Historical Note: Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011) was a ceramicist in Quakertown, N.J. Birthdate cited as both 1922 and 1929.
Donated 1978 and 2006 by Toshiko Takaezu and in 2013 by Don Fletcher, a friend of Takaezu's.
Funding for the preservation and transfer of motion picture film provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.
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