Joan Takayama-Ogawa

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.


Image of Crying Coral, 2018 glazed porcelain

Joan Takayama-Ogawa, Crying Coral, 2018, Glazed porcelain, Courtesy of the artist and Themes + Projects, San Francisco