Materials: Mixture of clay and porcelain from all major regions in Japan, such as Shigaraki, Tokoname and Arita, as well as other clays
Method: high temperature reduction firing
This sublime jug by Takashi Suzuki is made using cracked Celadon clay and a citrus ash glaze. This work has a smooth finish, and a subtle spout used for serving. The handle is medium sized, allowing for a comfortable pouring experience. The high temperature reduction firing, and small amount of iron added to the glaze resulted in the grey hues on the exterior. The darker tones on the edges gradually become lighter towards the centre of the piece. Suzuki describes the colour as a captured expression of below the sea.
About the Artist
Born Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Takashi Suzuki originally studied economics at university, after graduating, he joined a pottery club where he had his first experience with clay. In 2000 he became full time ceramicist. Having had no previous education in ceramics, Takashi says he learnt everything from books and his own ‘many mistakes’.
The Pacific Ocean stretches out in front of Takashi’s workshop and home. The sea changes its expression every moment according to the season and the weather. Takashi’s pottery changes its expression with the reflection of light from the fine bubbles and multiple layers of cracks in the thick glaze.
Since his first solo exhibition in 2001, Takashi has continued to show his work in several solo and group exhibitions each year.