Masters of Arts, Stanford University, Education
Bachelors of Arts at UCLA, Geography and East Asian Studies
Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles, California, Ceramics
International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
“Creative people know that what is ‘work’ is nothing of the sort. To understand what an artist does, is to consider the whole of his/her existence. The dedication borders on obsession . .”
Joan Takayama-Ogawa’s comes from a family whose involvement in ceramics goes back six generations. She studied under the renowned Ralph Bacerra and went on to develop work that used ancient Japanese ceramic forms as a guide in creating contemporary pieces that utilize decoration and imagery of an American lifestyle. She continues to push the boundaries of ceramics by integrating clay with digital and rapid prototyping technologies.
Her ceramics are in the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, deYoung Museum Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco, World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon, South Korea, Princessehof Leewarden Nationaal Keramiek Museum, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California, Long Beach Museum of Art, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Racine Art Museum, George Ohr Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana, Hallmark Collection, and Celestial Seasoning Tea Company.
She served as a Pasadena Design Commissioner and on the Board of Directors, American Museum of Ceramic Art. In 2007, she received a Center of Cultural Innovation Investing in Arts Equipment Grant to purchase a large, new front loading energy efficient grant. In 2004, she was Otis Teacher of the Year and Commencement Speaker. Publications: Over 30 books and magazines.