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In this piece Yamamoto has explored the possibilities of an imaginative pattern passionately applied in white clay with branches of a vine. The pattern reacts with the mysteries of a dark satin magnesium black glaze, and creates the aura of Jōmon pottery, the oldest known from Japan, and the folk traditions of Oceana. Beneath this black glaze and exposed at the bottom of the jar is the natural clay coloured by the atmosphere of Masahiko’s village style kiln.
About the Artist
Masahiko Yamaoto’s work begins with digging, sourcing and collection clay from all over Japan. He says of the material “It’s not a matter of clay from here or there being good or bad as every place has its own character, its own unique qualities.” His process involves experimentation, learning about each type of clay and the best way to form and fire each type.
Although immersed in Japanese culture every day, Masahiko is influenced by a mix of different cultures, notably admiring creations from Southeast Asia. Masahiko’s experimentation and playful approach to clay as well as his eclectic inspirations creates exciting works that whilst rooted in Japanese pottery have bold character and an overall aesthetic unique to the artist.