Yamada Hikaru 山田光 Japanese, 1924-2001

Trained in Kyoto, Yamada Hikaru was known for his innovative sculptural work, moving beyond functional ceramic objects and focusing instead on abstracting traditional folk-craft forms. His work juxtaposes the organic with the inorganic, his geometric shapes contrasting the malleability of clay. Alongside Suzuki Osamu 鈴木治, he was one of the founding members of the influential Sodeisha movement.