A large thick slab of dark raw Bizen clay burnt to a glowing red in center by Yoshimoto Tadashi enclosed in the original wooden box titled Bizen Shiho Ozara and dating from 1990 and Exhibited at the 37th Nihon Dento Kogei Ten National Traditional Crafts Exhibition. It is 2 feet (61 cm) long, 14 inches (36 cm) wide and in excellent condition. It is signed beneath and bears the remnants of the exhibition label.
Yoshimoto Tadashi was born in Bizen city in 1943, and apprenticed under Living National Treasure Fujiwara Kei. Although he opened his own kiln in 1975, he still worked at Fujiwara’s kiln through 1983. 1975 was also the first year he was accepted into the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten National Traditional Crafts Exhibition. In 1980 he entered the Chunichi Kokusai Ceramics Exhibition, and was awarded at the Toshinkai Exhibition. In 1981 he added to the list with a piece accepted into the Nihon Togeiten National Ceramics Exhibition and was awarded at the prefectural Art Exhibition. From this point on his career accelerates, with solo and group exhibitions almost monthly on top of submissions to the major National Expoes and that list is much to long to put to paper her. He received the Kaneshige Toyo prize, a true honor for a Bizen artist in 1988, and began exhibiting with the Asahi Ceramics exhibition as well. He has been awarded at most of these exhibitions, and is considered one of the greatest of Fujiwara’s students.