Hayashi Yasuo began his artistic career in the 1950s, and is now considered one of the most importantforerunners of abstraction in contemporary Japanese ceramics. As a founding member of the Shikokaiassociation of potters, he played a role in the modernization of the medium from the very beginning. TheShikokai group boldly explored new forms for ceramics, and took the medium in truly innovative sculpturaldirections. Not only was Hayashi the group’s youngest member, but also its most celebrated.At the exceedingly young age of 16 years old, Hayashi Yasuo (b. 1928) was enlisted to the Japanese militaryas a part of the Japanese Special Attack Unit of military aviators, a Kamekazi pilot. Though it never came tobe that he flew a military mission, his training regimes were intense and full of trauma. This piece is amournful piece that meditates upon his experiences flying over the Kyoto sky. He saw the rooftops ofKyoto’s thatched and ceramic brick roofing, and interpreted those forms through the visual vocabularies ofgeometric abstraction. In this piece, as well as his “Memory of the House'' series, he plays upon distance, depth, and motion in his layering of linear forms on a 2 dimensional surface, interplaying with the notionthat 3 dimensions can be represented on 2 dimensional surfaces in this compact piece. This interplay in perception is a common motif found in his oeuvre.