We're were delighted to receive a new body of work from Kiyoshi Yamato for our recently opened show 'The Winter Collection'. We first had the honour of showing Yamato San's work in our recent 'Treasures of Japan' exhibition which was curated with Rob Fornell.
Yamato San was born in 1953 in Yamaguchi City in the deep South West of Japan's main island. He embarked on his pottery career in 1974 aged 21 and has since then become a respected Hagi Master.
Hagi-yaki pottery from the Hagi area of Yamaguchi is known across the world as one of themost respected regional style in all of Japan. Hagi clay is finely graned and soft in colour, giving a much desired contrast to the bright green colour of matcha tea. hagi-yaki tea ware is sought after globally as are vessels for sake and ikebana. Yamato san works across all the major Hagi-yaki styles, including the unctious White-Hagi shown here, and his work is prized by Japanese collectors and museums globally. Selected for the prestigeous Japan traditional Crafts Exhibition no less than five times since 1983, and winner of the grand prize at the 11th Tanabe Museum of Arts Chanoyu Exhibition. It is with tremendous pride that the The Stratford Gallery shows his work in the UK for the first time.