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!"