Takako Araki (1921-2004), a native of Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, began creating glassware around 1950. From 1956-60, she ran an art gallery in Osaka where she presented works in plaster and steel and introduced Kansai-based avant-garde artists.

In 1963, having returned to Japan from New York where she studied sculpture from 1961, Araki opened a kiln at her home in Nishinomiya. Her unique artworks of black ceramics and silk-screen printed balls garnered acclaim in the contemporary art world, and in 1979 a work in her “Bible series” won her a prize at the fifth Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition. This became a turning point in her career as a ceramist. The Bible, which has become one of her favored motifs, is symbolically used to explore themes related to the core of human existence.

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