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“I am a committed believer in an art form called crafts. This art form is not an escape from life but life itself.”
— Takeshi Yasuda

Born in Japan in 1943 and living and working internationally, Takeshi Yasuda has established a remarkable and enduring reputation across the world as a ceramic artist and teacher of great imagination and integrity. In 1973 Takeshi moved to UK and resided there for 40 years. Since then he taught at various art schools and universities all over the world including Royal College of Art and China Academy of Art. Many people have been influenced and affected by him and his inventive, thoughtful approach – with his words of encouragement and innovation often remaining fresh in their minds for decades.

From 2005 until 2010 Takeshi served as director of the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, helping to build up the artist residence program there, after which he established his own studio in the Jingdezhen Sculpture Factory. Such engagement with Chinese culture profoundly shaped his outlook on ceramics and art. He embraced new materials and techniques, pushing boundaries of the ceramics medium. Functionally experimental and aesthetically ambitious, works of his Qing Bai series adopted porcelain clay and Qing Bai glaze specially made in Jingdezhen.

Taught at Visiting Professor, Ecole Nale. Art Decoratif, Limoges, France 2013
Visiting Professor, China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, China 2013
Visiting Professor, China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, China 2004
Visiting Professor, Alfred University 2003
Professor of Applied Art: University of Ulster 1992-2001
Tutor in Ceramics & Glass: Royal College of Art 1997-1999
Goldsmiths’ College University of London 1989-1992
Kolding Kunsthandvarkskole Denmark 1980-1991
Camberwell School of Art & Craft 1984-1986
West Surrey College of Art & Design 1978-1985
Research Fellow of Ceramics and Glass at Royal College of Art in London 2006-08
Research Fellow of Ceramics at Bath Spa University College, Bath 2007-08
Founder and the Director of The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen 2005-10
Director of Red House Ceramic Design Studio in Jingdezhen 2011-04

2014 Doctor of Letters, Honorary Degree, Bath Spa University UK
2009 Helpmann Academy Artist in Residence, Jam Factory Adelaide Australia
2007 Peter Voulkos Visiting Artist Fellowship, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, USA
2007 Artist in Residence International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungery
2003 Artist in Residence The Clay Studio Philadelphia USA
2001 Artist in Residence Guldagergaad Ceramics work Centre
Museum of Contemporary Ceramics Denmark
1999 Artist in Residence European Work Centre for Ceramics Holland
1999 Artist in Residence Mashiko Messe Mashiko Japan
1991-2 Ceramics Fellow John Moores University Liverpool
1990 South West Arts Craft Fellow South West Arts
1984-6 Cleveland Ceramics Residency Cleveland Crafts Centre Middleborough
Sponsored jointly by Northern Arts
1982 Research Fellow South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education
Sponsored jointly by Welsh Arts Council
Curatorship: “Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award”
Shepperton Art Gallery, Australia 1999
“Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award” Auckland Museum 1995
“Young Contemporaries”, Victoria & Albert Museum 1993
“Thought For Food” Aberystwyth Art Centre 1992

Paul Mathieu “Takeshi Yasuda” Ceramics Monogram Series Published by Marston House in association with the Arts Council England , ISBN 1-899296-21-2, Aug 2004
Sally Boyle “Opening Up” Ceramics Review Sep/Oct 2002
Gabriel Gerlt “TAKESHI YASUDA Ein Töpfer zwischen Ost und West”, NEUE KERAMIK Bd.7 Nr.2 April 2000
Felicity Aylieff “Basic Form” Ceramic Review No180 Nov/Dec 1999
Tineke van gils “Takeshi Yasuda noemt zijn werk haif af” keramiek June 1999
Tony Birks “Takeshi Yasuda” la revue de la ceramique et du verre 105 1999
Nicole Crestou “Recontre avec Michael Flynn et Takeshi Yasuda”, la revue de la ceramique et du verre 107 1999
“TAKESHI YASUDA and the expression of clay” Rufford Gallery 1999

Crafts Council of GB Victoria & Albert Museum;
Cleveland Crafts Centre Ulster Museum Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire;
York City Art Gallery Shipley Art Gallery;

2015 Solo Exhibition ‘No Boundary’ Yan Gallery Hong Kong
2014 Solo Exhibition Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery Auckland New Zealand
2014 Solo Exhibition King’s Peak Art Space Chengdu China
2013 Solo Exhibition Goldmark Art Gallery Rutland UK
2013 Solo Exhibition “So Close, Far Away” Bridge Art Spase at 798 Beijing China
2013 Solo Exhibition Goldmark Gallery Rutland UK
2012 Group Exhibition Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge UK
2012 Solo Exhibition Alfred University New York USA
2011 Group Exhibition “Porcelain City” Victoria & Albert Museum London UK
Solo Exhibition le Centre de céramique contemporaine
Le Borne France
2010 Solo Exhibition Beaux Arts Bath UK
2009 Solo Exhibition Jam Factory Adelaide Australia
“Tableware – An International Collection”
Rex Irwin Art Dealer Sydney Australia
“Ningbo Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition 3rd Season” Ningbo China
“Focus” Contemporary Applied Art London UK
2008 “The Porcelain City — Jingdezhe” Victoria and Albert Museum London UK
2007 “Salon International de la Céramique de Collection” Paris France
“Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2007” Cheongju Korea
“Celadon Show” Gallery Marianne Heller Heidelberg Germany
“CPA 50 Years” Aberystwyth Art Centre Aberystwyth Wales
“Jug Show” Gallery Besson London UK
“Celadon” Gallery Handverk Munich Germany
2006 “SOLOSHOW” Beaux Arts Bath UK
“Group” Loes & Reinier Deventer Netherlands
“Pure Porcelain” Joanna Bird London UK
“To Hold” Farmleigh Gallery Dublin Ireland
“The Shape of Things” Water Shed Bristol UK
“COLLECT” V&A Museum London UK
2005 Exhibition “Ceramics Collection” National Museum of Wales Cardiff Wales
Ruthin Craft Centre Ruthin Wales
“Table Manners” Crafts Council London UK
“Jubilee Exhibition” Loes & Reinier Deventer Netherlands
“Regards Croises sur la ceramique” Espace Culturel Bertin Poiree Paris France
2005 “on Celadon” solo Shaw Crafts Study Centre Farnham UK