Born into a family of potters, Yamamoto Izuru (b. 1944)’s training in sculpture foregrounds his Bizen pottery. He studied under his father, the Living National Treasure Toshu Yamamoto for 5 years before becoming an independent potter. During this time, he pursued the spirit of innovation in the tradition of Bizen. He invented 2 techniques: ‘Shuu sai’ and 'Tatakikomi', where he pats colored clay onto his pieces. After discovering the unique composition of clay in Bourgogne, France, he created a third technique called “Tsumiage” which is a technique of building that involves piling plated clay on top of each other in slates.
During his study at Musashino Art University, he majored in sculpture. Thus, his sensibilities for built materials are heavily influenced by sculpture of the 20th century.