Taizo Kuroda (1946 - )

Adventuring far beyond the norms of conventional pottery, Kuroda exemplifies individuality in his work, deriving from his philosophy. His porcelains are like an embodiment of the color white, encompassing the purity it symbolizes. Shedding the bowls to solely its white self, lights and shadows emanate from it, making it an independent substance. White porcelain, Kuroda believes, begins as a block of abstraction. The initial working of it does not create a positive shape, but rather a lack of it: it creates shapeless objects of nothingness. It is precisely this state of zero in which Kuroda shapes the porcelain from its shapeless state into his work of art.