YAMAGUCHI Makoto (b. 1978) is the sixth generation of a ceramic family in Seto. He faces the challenge of bringing his family traditions to a contemporary vision in a saturated Seto pottery scene. The challenge he has set out to achieve specifically encompasses the glazes of Mino-yaki (Shino & Oribe), and Kiseto-yaki. Indeed, he is moving closer and closer to this achievement with every exhibition and firing. This Oribe vase captures the grandeur of grassy earthen landscapes with turquoise and Turkish blue glaze pools. It is also complimented by a contemporary form.
His father, who Makoto trained under, did his apprenticeship together under Kasen kiln with Suzuki Goro. As such, Makoto grew up with SUZUKI Goro, KANEKO Jun, and KOIE Ryoji visiting their parent’s home, and receiving their technical influences from a young age. He was inspired by how these established potters were simultaneously becoming ceramic artists: a distinction in profession that he had considered from a young age. As a result, he did not take over his family title immediately after his four-year apprenticeship, but rather pursued his dream of becoming an individual artist.
YAMAGUCHI’s work looks very traditional, as he is in pursuit of “Utsushi うつし”, which means “reproduction or copy from traditional piece, in order to study techniques.” As Yamaguchi thinks there’s too much ego in contemporary works, and one’s character is supposed to arise naturally in any form, he is expressing himself in classic form.
1978 Born in Seto, Aichi as sixth generation of ceramic family
2000 Studied under KATO Hiroshige
2007 Selected at Japan Dento Kogei Ten
2013 Solo Exhibition at Ginza Kurodatoen, Tokyo
2015 Solo Exhibition at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Art Gallery (Department Store)
2016 Solo Exhibition at Ginza Kurodatoen, Tokyo
2017 Solo Exhibition at ATELIER HIRO, Osaka
2019 Solo Exhibition at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Art Gallery
2021 Solo Exhibition at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Art Gallery
2022 Solo Exhibition at Ginza Kurodatoen, Tokyo
2022 Solo Exhibition at Ichinoji Temple, Kyoto
2022 Solo Exhibition at Nagoya Mitsukoshi Sakae 7th floor
2022 TENSHUDO Shuwan x Sake gallery: Group guinomi show