Toshiko Takaezu, Li-Mu (Seaweed), 1993, glazed stoneware, 63 x 26 x 26 inches.


Born in 1922 in Pkeekeo, Hawaii.

Takaezu creates her large vessels such as Li-Mu with the same dedication and patience she shows in other aspects of her life, such as her garden. She comments, "In my life, I see no difference between making pots, cooking and growing vegetables."

The intensive labor and time required to produce Li-Mu is mirrored in the organic process of life. Takaezu comments, "You can't just throw a seed and say 'grow'. Like anything else, if you want to do it well, you have to get involved." She also sees her work as a living, even breathing, creation: "When I make it into a form, it is alive, and even when it is dry, it is still breathing!"

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