photo Ko Takenaka

Ko Takenaka

I create hakuji (white porcelain) by applying the mentori (chamfering) and shinogi (carving lines) techniques. I also create ceramic stationery objects.



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  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Kyoto Association of Craft Artists


  • 1941
    Born in Fukui Prefecture
  • 1961
    Studied under ceramic artist KONDO Yuzo
  • 1970
    Established his kiln in Yamashina
  • 1983
    Submitted to the Japanese Ceramics Today Exhibition in Washington and London
  • 1986
    Submitted to the “Beauty of White Porcelain” Exhibition at the Kyushu Ceramic Museum
  • 1995
    Submitted to the Japanese Studio Crafts Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • 1996
    Designated as a Kyoto Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property
    Submitted to the “New Expression in Porcelain Exhibition” at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • 1997
    Held the “Takenaka Kou Exhibition” at the Dewazakura Museum of Art, Tendo City, Yamagata Prefecture
  • 2001
    Held the Takenaka Kou – Beauty of Ceramics Exhibition at the Urasenke Chado Research Center Galleries
    Held the Takenaka Kou – the View from My Hometown Exhibition at Komatsu City, Fukui Prefecture
  • 2003
    Submitted to the “World of White Porcelain and Celadon” Exhibition at the Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
    Guest artist at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
  • 2004
    Solo exhibition at Togei no Mori Art Museum
  • 2005
    Submitted to the Contemporary Clay Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • 2006
    Solo exhibitions at Kochukyo and Takashimaya, Osaka
  • 2008
    Solo exhibition at Kochukyo
  • 2009
    Solo exhibition at Kochukyo
  • 2010
    Solo exhibition at Takashimaya, Kyoto
  • Public collections
    Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, the Urasenke, Dewazakura Museum of Art, Japan Foundation, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Musee Tomo, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Solo exhibitions
    At Kochukyo, Kuroda Touen, Tokyo Central Museum, Takashimaya, Daimaru, S. Mission Asian Fine Art


  • 1981
    Received the Japan Ceramic Society Award
  • 2006
    Received the Kyoto Cultural Achievement Award