An abstract form like some foreign life emerges from the side of this large open vessel by Imai Masayuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Yakishime Yusai Hanaire (Yakishime Vase with glaze). The form is at once industrial, and yet organic, impressed, carved and raised, and contrasts dramatically with the austere sides creating a dynamic tension. It is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) diameter, 10 inches (25 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Imai was born in Osaka in 1930 and studied the plastic arts under Kusube Yaichi of Kyoto, the city he chose to make home. He has been a long standing and often exhibited member of the Nitten, receiving the Hokuto Award there. He also took the grand prize at the International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics as well as the prestigious Japan Ceramic Society Award in 1965. He is mentor and teacher to a new generation of Japanese potters including Ichino Masahiko.