This could be one of the first raku tea bowls ever made in the 17th century, pulled from a small brick kiln while still glowing hot in a remote mountain village. Masahiko revisits traditional finishes in a contemporary loose undulating cylinder form, covered with the signs of metamorphosis; colours blending from black to faint iron rust and ochre, and glassy effervescent textures.
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.