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Thomas Kakinuma

 (1908 - 1982)
Thomas Kakinuma was active/lived in British Columbia, New York / Canada, Japan.  Thomas Kakinuma is known for modernist owl and bird pottery and sculpture, teaching.

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Thomas Kakinuma (1908 – 1982)

A prominent Canadian sculptor, potter and educator, Thomas Kakinuma (aka: Tommy Kakinuma) was born in Tanuma, Japan (about 100 miles north of Tokyo). He immigrated to Canada in 1937, became a naturalized Canadian in 1951, and died in Burnaby, British Columbia (part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District), where he had lived for most of his life. He taught at the Banff School of Fine Arts* and the University of British Columbia, and he exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts*. His works are in the collections of several major Canadian museums.

His primary medium was stoneware. His best known subjects were birds and fish; however, he also created functional wares such as teapots, bowls   ...  Displaying 750 of 7368 characters.

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