Akio Takamori

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Akio Takamori
Born(1950-10-11)October 11, 1950
Nobeoka, Japan
DiedJanuary 11, 2017(2017-01-11) (aged 66)
EducationMusashino Art University, Kansas City Art Institute, Alfred University
Known forCeramic sculpture

Akio Takamori (1950 – 2017) was a Japanese-American ceramic sculptor and educator. Takamori often incorporates human forms into his creations.[1]


Takamori was born in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan on October 11, 1950.[2][3] In Japan Takamori attended Musashino Art University.[4] In 1974 he moved to the United States. He attended the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) and Alfred University.[5] In 1993 Takamori began his teaching career at the University of Washington where he taught until he retired in 2014 as professor emeritus.[6][7] In 2001 Takamori received a Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award.[8] In 2006 Takamori became a Fellow of the American Craft Council.[7] The same year he was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.[9]

Takamori died on January 11, 2017, in Seattle, Washington.[2][3]


His work is in the collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art,[10] the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,[11] the Museum of Arts and Design,[12] the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,[13] the Victoria and Albert Museum,[14] His work, Alice with Rose, was acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of the Renwick Gallery's 50th Anniversary Campaign.[15][16]

In 2000 the Racine Art Museum held a retrospective of his work.[5] In 2022 the Vashon Center for the Arts held a retrospective of his work.[17]


  1. ^ "Akio Takamori". Craft in America. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Akio Takamori". Portland Art Museum. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Akio Takamori |". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Akio Takamori". Racine Art Museum. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  5. ^ "Beloved Seattle ceramic artist Akio Takamori, 'a very gentle soul,' dies at 66". The Seattle Times. 15 January 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  6. ^ a b "Remembering: Akio Takamori". American Craft Council. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  7. ^ "Takamori". The Marks Project. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  8. ^ "Akio Takamori". Joan Mitchell Foundation. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  9. ^ "Akio Takamori - Classic Goddess". CMOA Collection. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  10. ^ "Akio Takamori". LACMA Collections. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  11. ^ "Akio Takamori". Museum of Arts and Design. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  12. ^ "Works – Akio Takamori". The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  13. ^ "Two Women | Takamori, Akio". Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  14. ^ Savig, Mary; Atkinson, Nora; Montiel, Anya (2022). This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World. Washington, DC: Smithsonian American Art Museum. pp. 228–238. ISBN 9781913875268.
  15. ^ "Alice with Rose, from the series Alice/Venus". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  16. ^ "Akio Takamori : Time". Vashon Center for the Arts. Retrieved 8 January 2023.

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