A Bizen sculpture by Wakimoto Hiroyuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from 2005. It is 12 inches (30 cm) long and in fine condition. The open front, reminiscent of a Buddhist koro incense burner or some industrial metal-workers implement, contains a flower frog also of the same Bizen clay and signed.
An outsider in the Bizen world, Hiroyuki followed in the footsteps of friend Kakurezaki Ryuichi, both originally of Nagasaki. He graduated the Osaka University of Art Textile design in 1975, but gave up that line, settling in Bizen for a long apprenticeship under Yamashita Joji in 1981. He established his own kiln in 1990, and was immediately prized at the Issui Kai Exhibition that year. The following year he was widely accepted, and has since displayed at the Chanoyu Zokei Ten (Sculptural Tea Forms) at the Tanabe Museum, The Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (Japanese Traditional Crafts Exhibition), Nihon Togei Ten (Japanese National Ceramics Exhibition), Asahi Togei Ten, among many others, both domestic and abroad.