BIography
As an artist who lives with bipolar disorder, Kazuki Takizawa uses glass as a means to explore his inner reality and destigmatize mental illness. With an aim to give the invisible shape, Takizawa crafts elaborate vessels and installations, each with a unique story. Universally rooted in a dialogue around mental health, his series examines broad themes such as attaining minimalism among chaos as well as his personal narratives around the topic of living with Bipolar Disorder and suicide prevention. Takizawa has traveled to numerous communities in and outside the US to share his work and act as an advocate for mental illness. His practice offers an uncommon and inclusive space to increase awareness and start a conversation. 
 
Takizawa is a Japanese glass artist based in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BFA in glass art in 2010 and currently owns and runs KT Glassworks, LLC in the historic West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles.

 
Kazuki Takizawa Los Angeles based glass artist
Recent Solo Exhibitions

2021    Tomoshibi: Glass Works by Kazuki Takizawa, Craft Contemporary Museum, Los Angeles, CA

            Residency Exhibition, Barrio Glassworks, Carlsbad, CA

2019    Infinite Spectrum, River House Arts, Toledo, OH

2018    Minimalists, Duncan McClellan Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

            Inner Beings, The Works, Newark, OH

2017    Catharsis Contained, Craft in America Center, Beverly Hills, CA

            Luminous Vessels, Westfield Valencia Town Center Art Space, CA

Artist LEctures and Public Speaking

2022    Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2021    Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

            Crafts Council, London, UK

2018    Southern District Buddhist Conference, Los Angeles, CA

            Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA

            Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY

            Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL

            Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

            The Works, Newark, OH

2017    Tokyo Glass Art Institute, Tokyo, Japan

            University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

            Nibei Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

            Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA

            Salem State University, Salem, MA

            Heart of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

            Craft in America Center, Beverly Hills, CA

            Fairfax High School, Los Angeles, CA

            Van Nuys High School, Van Nuys, CA

            Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, NC

            STARworks Glass Lab, Star, NC

2016    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

2015    Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH

            STARworks Glass Lab, Star, NC

            Palomar College, San Marcos, CA

Professional Experience

2021    Visiting Artist during Jaime Randall's Residency at Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

            Artist in Residence at Barrio Glassworks, Carlsbad, CA

2019    Demonstrating Artist during Glass Arts Society Conference, St. Petersburg, FL

            Gaffer/ Craft Person in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

2018    Artist in Residence at The Works, Newark, OH

            Visiting Artist at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

2017    Demonstrating Artist at Tokyo Glass Art Institute, Tokyo, Japan

            Artist in Residence at Salem State University, Salem, MA

            Artist in Residence at STARworks Glass Lab, Star, NC

            Suicide Prevention Lifeline Counselor at Didi Hirsch Mental Health, Los Angeles, CA

2015    Visiting Artist at Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH

            Visiting Artist at Palomar College, San Marcos, CA

Teaching Experience / Workshops

2022    Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC

            Appalachian Center for Craft (Rescheduled to May 2022 due to Covid), Smithville, TN

2020    Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

2018    Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY

            Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA

            The Works, Newark, OH

2017    First City Art Center, Pensacola, FL

2015    Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

Recent Press:

2021    Spectrum News 1, “Kazuki Takizawa’s Solo Exhibition at Craft Contemporary Finds Beauty and Hope in Glass” reported by Kristopher Gee, August 16th, 2021

2020    Crafts Magazine, “Under the Skin” Published May/June 2021            

2019    Glass Art Magazine, “Meditating Mental Health through Blown Glass” Written by Colleen Bryan, March/April 2019, Volume 34

            BG Independent News, “Kazuki Takizawa’s Glass Breaks the Silence Surrounding Mental Illness”, Written by David Dupont, March 17th, 2019           

            The Blade, “Japanese Glass Artist Opens First Show in Toledo” written by Phillip L. Kaplan, March 13th, 2019

            Spectrum News 1, “LA Artist Uses Glassblowing to Spread Mental Health Awareness” Published and reported by Alberto Garcia, June 10th, 2019

2018    American Craft Magazine, “The Business of Being an Artist”, published by American Craft Council, Feb/March 2018

            Los Angeles Times, “Glass Work ‘Shines Through’ at H.B. Art Center” Written by Shannon M. Hoffman, Oct 01, 2018

            IVY Magazine, "The Arts and Mental Health - An Interview with Artist Kazuki Takizawa" Nov 14, 2018

            Burbank Arts, Newsletter September 12 - September 16, 2018

            Newark Advocate Newspaper, “Sitler: Kazuki Takizawa’s artistry takes aim at suicide”, May 19th, 2018

2017    NBC Asian America, “How Working with Glass Helped Artist Kazuki Takizawa Open Up About Mental Health”, Oct 12, 2017, written by Monica Luhar

            New Glass Review 38, published by Corning Museum of Glass