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Toyo Kaneshige
20th century Japanese Ceramist
Japanese, (1894–1967)
Toyo Kaneshige was born in 1894 in Japan, to a family that worked within the Bizen tradition of ceramics. He worked in the Japanese folk pottery tradition, and produced works of irregular and non-symmetrical shapes, with pitted surfaces and random coloration. He rejected pristine finishes and shapes as he believed that they interfered with the natural, unrestrained expression of an artist. Though Kaneshige did not speak English he did visit the United States, including a visit to Paul Soldner at Scripps College in 1958, where he threw small pots which he trimmed with a twig broken off of an orange tree outside the studio. Kaneshige was declared a national living treasure in 1955.

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