Kazuki Takizawa / KT Glassworks

Los Angeles, CA

As an artist who lives with bipolar disorder, Kazuki Takizawa uses glass as a means to explore his inner reality and destigmatize mental illness. In 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 personal narratives around family, and his individual challenges. 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 a glassblowing studio called KT Glassworks.

www.ktglassworks.com

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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"My ultimate goal as an artist and a maker is to have my clients and my audience go "I like that piece!" but that is easily said then done. Rather than trying to control what people feel when seeing or using my work, I try to connect with them through the objects that I make. I incorporate things that intrigues me, and rather do not take the direction of making conceptual work that are repulsive or generate feelings of anger or hate. I hope that people can see that in my work."
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"There are lots of funny moments in the hotshop because glassblowing is very much a team work and I get to work with the most amazing team of glass artists. We also blast music during work and so we get to see some pretty incredible dance moves."
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What is your favorite material to work with?

"This questions might seem like a no-brainer as me being a glass artist and me primarily using glass as a medium of my expression. However, I actually like using my hands to make things in general, and I really enjoy making components that accompanies my glass pieces such as concrete pedestals, metal armatures or wood components. I am always in the hunt for new ways to present my glass pieces and find it mutually beneficial when different materials are presented in a creative manner."
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