Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 11:18am

The internationally recognized ceramic sculptor, Akio Takamori, died last Wednesday, January 11, 2017. He was born in 1950 in Japan where he received his initial introduction to ceramics. He moved to the US to study further at the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA) and Alfred University in New York (MFA). His first national attention came in the 1980s for large-scale dimensional vessels that depicted nude figures. He then started a long-term series of freestanding figures of Japanese villagers that were frequently displayed in groupings. Takamori was a much-loved teacher who served on the art faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1993 until his retirement in 2014. Takamori’s work is in museum collections around the world including: the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. RAM owns six examples of his work which have been a part of RAM’s collection and exhibition programs since the arrival of two pieces in the Donna Moog Teapot Collection in 2000.

Read a story on the artist from The Seattle Times