Kousaku YAMADA

Japan born 1937

Vase c.1979 Place made: Mie, Japan
Materials & Technique: ceramics, vases stoneware, stoneware with stencilled glazes

Primary Insc: artist's stamp impressed in base
Dimensions: 23.0 h x 42.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2009
Accession No: NGA 2009.636
  • Kousaku Yamada was born in Yokkachi, Mie Prefecture in 1937, a member of the sixth generation of studio ceramicists working in the region. His work acknowledges the traditional dark clay-bodied Banko pottery styles of his family but diverges with a strongly sculptural approach to the vessel. This work has a subtle but commanding presence, with its stencilled enamelled decoration, inspired by traditional Japanese brocade designs, set against its matte charcoal glaze.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
    Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design