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Makoto Takahashi 1948-2013

 

Makoto Takahashi was known for his "iroe”, overglaze enamel, and "sometsuke”, underglaze blue, porcelain works.

 After graduating from Tokyo National University of Arts and Music with a master’s degree in ceramics, Makoto worked closely with his mentor, Yoshimichi Fujimoto, for 10 years and it was then that he learned the techniques of iroe.

He established his own kiln in Odawara City in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1986, where he pursued his artistic vision through creating porcelains. This led to solo and group exhibitions all over Japan, which continued throughout his life.

The wild birds, trees and flowers he depicted were always beside him. His studio was located on a hill overlooking Sagami bay and was surrounded by orange orchards. The sun rose from the ocean and set in the Hakone Mountains. He loved to take walks every morning and evening and those were the moments he was inspired for his creative works.

The pictures on his porcelain vessels were sometimes dynamic and sometimes subtle, which reflected his multifaceted personality. His cheerful and friendly manner led him to be blessed with many good friends and he often had fun times with them over beer or sake. There were times he cooked and entertained guests by his specialties.

As a member of the Japan Kogei Association, he prayed for the good future of “kogei”, Japanese traditional craft, and happily shared the techniques with young successors. He loved where he lived and worked and the people there. Matsuri, the local shrine’s festival, was one of his favorite events.

Going out, meeting people, joining various gatherings and events and then coming back to the studio, he concentrated on creating porcelains; he lived life to the fullest.

 

 

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