Artist Statement & Biography
My immediate reaction to a beautiful piece is to touch it. It is an emotional reaction rather than analytical observation. I would like my pieces to cause the same kind of effect on the viewer.
Recently geometric patterns are increasingly becoming an essential part of my work; I think they are more controlled versions of patterns made by textured glazes I used to use often. Whether patterns are made of geometric shapes or textures, they possess the same quality as both patterns are made up of repeated simple images. There is something appealing to me that each shape by itself is not interesting at all but when repeated they create stimulating images.
Even though Art is increasingly becoming a theory oriented field and art objects becoming investment commodities, I consider my pieces as sensuous objects as I would like the viewer to feel them by both sight and touch. It would be my great pleasure if the viewer can enjoy and appreciate my work rather than understand it.
Kaname Takada is a professor in the School of Studio Arts at Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH. His work is represented, among others, in the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Zanesville Art Center, Lamar Dodd Art Center, Ohio Craft Museum, University of Findley, and in a ceramic mural on CCAD's campus (Canzani Center). His work has exhibited in France, New Zealand, Japan, Austria and through out the U.S.