Listening to the Waves

Listening to the Waves



Sakiyama Takayuki 崎山隆之

(Japanese, b. 1958)

Sand-glazed stoneware

Overall: 57.1 x 58.4 x 44.1 cm (22 1/2 x 23 x 17 3/8 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.190


Sakiyama Takayuki creates works in stoneware with a specially developed glaze incorporating sand. He established his kiln in 1987 on Japan’s Izu peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture, an area known for its dramatic ocean views and beaches. His preoccupation with the sound and rhythm of the ocean tides informs his pieces. While his work is sculptural, featuring linear textures on both exteriors and interiors, it is also functional as a vase. Beyond waves, the surfaces of his pieces have been compared to the raked pebble gardens, or “dry landscapes” (karesansui) often encountered in Japanese Buddhist monastic settings.


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