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A striking large and deep basin by Yamamoto Noriyuki decorated with rich gold and iron designs enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The pattern is reminiscent of Ainu texties from the indigenous Northern Peoples of Japan. The dish is 13-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches (34 x 27 x 9 cm) and in fine condition.
Born in Tottori Northern Japan in 1948, Noriyuki came under the influence of Mingei adherent Yoshida Shoya (1898-1972) at the age of 16, and this formed the basic principles of his philosophy of ceramic art. That it is something used daily, and becomes so much a part of us we do not even think about it, yet it is so dear. After meeting Bernard leach in Tokyo in 1967, he apprenticed at the age of 18 in Tottori, establishing his own kiln in 1971. That first ten years he spent searching for himself through the ceramic medium, and according to himself it was 7 turns and 8 stumbles before his first major solo exhibition. His Kiln was once destroyed in the Typhoon of 1990, but he rebuilt and was able to hold an exhibition that same year. Overall he has eschewed the world of competitive exhibition in favor of the private confines of the one-man show.