Takaezu honored by New York museum

Nov. 16, 2006, 3:39 p.m.

Longtime Princeton faculty member Toshiko Takaezu has been honored by the Museum of Arts & Design in New York.

She was one of four people who received the museum's 13th annual "Visionaries!" awards at an event on Nov. 15. She was recognized for lifetime achievement.

Takaezu, renowned ceramist, taught at Princeton from 1967 to 1992 and returned in 2004 as a Belknap Visitor in the Humanities. Her work figures in the collections of more than 20 museums, including the Metropolitan and American Crafts Museums in New York, the Smithsonian Institution and the art museums of Boston, Baltimore, Newark, Cleveland, Detroit, Honolulu and Bangkok. The Philadelphia Museum also recently honored her with a lifetime achievement award while presenting a retrospective of her work, titled "The Poetry of Clay."

Takaezu has been honored by the University with a Behrman Award for distinguished achievement in the humanities in 1992 and an honorary doctorate of fine arts in 1996. Three of Takaezu's pots, in her inimitable blue glaze, are permanently exhibited in the main corridor of 185 Nassau St. She also created the bronze Remembrance Bell in the memorial garden near Chancellor Green.