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A stunning kinrande work by important Kutani artist Yamamoto Shigeyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. How has he so expertly defined the pattern, as it swells and shrinks on its way down the curvaceous form? The vase is 11 inches (28 cm) tall and in perfect condition.
Shigeyoshi (b. 1931) was born in the hotspring town of Ishikawa prefecture and was eheavily influenced by his grandfather the first generatin Kitajima Bunsen. He apprenticed under several people, starting with Teramae Yoshi (sp?) from whom he learned the basics, then glaze application and design technique from Nishida Osamu, with whom he lived. Seeking out the best hands in Kutani, from 1952 he studied sometsuke with Takahashi Koha, before establishing himself as a unique artists in 1956, blending tradition with contemporary. He worked alongside his contemporaries itade Fujio and Kawakami Ryuzo to expand the range of kutani products and bring them into the postwar era. He has been often prized in any number of domestic and national exhibitions. In 1984 his work was dispayed at the Japanese governmental pavilion at Nnew Orleans, and he was named a traditional craftsman in 1988.