Japan born 1937
Materials & Technique: ceramics, vases stoneware, stoneware with stencilled glazes
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