Takeshi Yasuda (b. 1943)
Takeshi Yasuda b. 1943
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Takeshi Yasuda is one of the most celebrated potters working in Europe today.
Born in Tokyo, he was apprenticed to the Daisei-Gama pottery in Mashiko between 1963-66, and established his first studio there. He settled in Britain in 1973, combining his creative work with teaching for Art Schools and Universities across the UK.
He has held a number of teaching positions and was Professor of Applied Arts at the University of Ulster. His work can be seen in many national collections worldwide. Yasuda's work is thrown and has a tactile quality that retains the soft malleable nature of the clay and is a fresh interpretation of creamware. His work has the sensitivity unique to Oriental ceramics, and Yasuda draws on this to produce pieces that are not just concerned with design or functionality but with the way a pot can generate and be part of a ritual. The mixture of control and ease, the casual and formal make Yasuda's work so appealing.