Kuroda Taizo Exhibition

  • Kuroda Taizo Exhibition


Apr 14, 2018Apr 29, 2018

Opens everyday during the exhibition

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OPEN 10:00 — CLOSE 18:00

SHIBUNKAKU is pleased to present Kuroda Taizō’s first solo exhibition in Kyoto.


Born out of his sophisticated wheel throwing technique and dedicated polishing skill, Kuroda’s works take simple forms without sacrificing their stunning impressions. The sharp outline and unglazed white surface of his pottery infuse their surrounding space with potency and dignity.


Kuroda studied under Shimaoka Tatsuzō, a master ceramist and a designated living national treasure, and later experimented with various glazing methods and pottery-making techniques before reaching his distinctive pure white ceramic form.

Kuroda has uncompromisingly pursued this path for over twenty-five years, and this signature pottery style has gained him great attention around the world.


This exhibition gathers Kuroda’s 1980s’ large-scale works with his recent Meipings, plates, and vases at SHIBUNKAKU’s gallery space in Kyoto.

Artist Profile

1946 Born in Notogawa-chō, Shiga, Japan.
1966 Spends a year in Paris.
1967 Spends six months in New York before moving to Canada, where he begins studying ceramics under Geatan Beaudin. Returns to Japan twice to study under Shimaoka Tatsuzō in Mashiko.
1975 Works as a designer for the pottery company SIAL in Canada.
1978 Establishes a studio in St. Gabriel, Quebec.
1981 Returns to Japan and establishes a studio in Matsuzaki on the Izu Peninsula.
1991 Moves his residence and studio to Futo, Izu Peninsula.
1992 Shows his first white porcelain works in Tokyo, hereafter
working exclusively in white porcelain.


Selected public collections
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan / Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA / Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA / Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation, New York, USA / The Ruth & Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art, California, USA / Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK