Takahashi Makoto - Octagonal box

Octagonal box with wild bird designs, 2012; porcelain with overglaze enamel and gold; h. 4 2/5 x w. 12 1/5 x d. 12 in. (11.3 x 31.2 x 30.8 cm)

Takahashi Makoto (1948– )

Takahashi is known for his iro-e, or richly-colored overglaze enamel paintings, depicting lively motifs from nature such as wild birds and flowers on his porcelain vessels. The artist combined his experience, knowledge, and skills to express his artistic world with the highly demanding materials of enamels, first through his mentor Fujimoto Yoshimichi (1919–1992), the renowned ceramist designated a Living National Treasure in 1986 for his innovative color enamel techniques on porcelain.

Takahashi first met him when he trained as an artist at the Tokyo National University of Arts and Music, where Fujimoto was a professor of ceramics courses. After graduating with a master’s degree in 1976, Takahashi continued to study with Fujimoto and worked closely with him for ten years. In 1986 Takahashi established his own kiln in Odawara city, Kanagawa, where he continues to live and work, pursuing his artistic vision through enamel-painted porcelains for nearly four decades leading the field of iro-e production in Japan.

Takahashi Makoto (1948– ) Exhibits


Graduated with M.A. from Tokyo University of the Arts.
Began studying and working under Yoshimichi Fujimoto.
Selected as a full member of the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Association.
Established himself as an independent ceramic artist in Kanagawa.
Held solo exhibitions every year all over Japan. (Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, Sapporo, Nigata, Yamagata, Morioka, Sendai, Takasaki, Omiya, Chiba, Yokohama, Kamakura, Hiroshima, Matsuyama, Okayama, Yonago, Shimonoseki, Fukuoka, Kumamoto Oita)


Japan Art Crafts Association Eastern Japan Branch Prize
Japan Art Crafts Association Prize