This artist emerged from the Kyoto scene. Originally born in Nara prefecture, Imanishi Masaya (b. 1947) moved to train under Kondo Yuzo after having graduated from the Kyoto University of Arts. This can be seen in his interpretations of the historical sometsuke tradition. Imanishi’s blue and white porcelain moves his teacher’s naturalism into a more abstract world in keeping with his times. He works with traditional sometsuke, or blue and white porcelain. This porcelain tradition will always have a place for ceramic lovers. True to form, contemporary Japanese porcelain artists have taken this old tradition and both renewed and modernised it. His work is widely collected in both Japan and the United States, having been included in the permanent collections of the Nara Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, and more.