This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Japanese ceramic artist Takeshi Yasuda. Over his fifty year ceramic career he has received world wide recognition for his functional pottery. His latest body of work features celedon glazed forms thrown in porcelain. He often accentuates his forms with loose gestural lines created by the slow turn of the potters wheel.
Takeshi moved to the U.K. in 1973 and has maintained a studio there ever since. He has taught at various educational institutions including the University of Ulster, where he was a professor of applied arts. From 2005 to 2010 he served as the director of the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China.
In part one of the interview we discuss establishing his first studio in Mashiko, Japan. In part two of the interview we discuss the development of his ceramic voice, and his experience living in the U.K. If you would like to see more of Takeshi's work you can visit his website by clicking here. To subscribe to the podcast on iTunes please click here. You can also stream the latest episode on the new podcast tab for the site.
Takeshi's previous bodies of work include a three color series influenced by the Tang Dynasty and a cream ware series of porcelain ceramics. While his touch with clay has remained the same his surfaces and forms have varied greatly through out his career. I admire his ability to evolve and change styles.