About the artist
Since the 15th century, Joan Takayama-Ogawa’s family has been creating ceramics in the ancient kiln city of Tokoname, Japan. Takayama-Ogawa’s technically diverse ceramics blend unexpected methods to create contemporary environmental, social, and political commentary. She sees beauty held in check with playfulness and appreciation for the absurd.
Joan Takayama-Ogawa, Crying Coral, 2018, Glazed porcelain, Courtesy of the artist and Themes + Projects, San Francisco