05/23/2019 | Oribe and Shino: YAMAGUCHI Makoto

YAMAGUCHI Makoto's Studio

YAMAGUCHI Makoto's Studio

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YAMAGUCHI was born as the sixth generation of a traditional ceramic family in Seto. His father and SUZUKI Goro did their apprenticeship under Kasen kiln, where YAMAGUCHI did his apprenticeship much later. He grew up seeing that SUZUKI Goro 鈴木五郎(1941- ), KANEKO Jun 金子潤(1942- ), and KOIE Ryoji 鯉江良二(1938- ) often visited his parent's home. He was inspired how those ceramicists were becoming ceramic artists, so did not take over his family title immediately after his four-year- apprenticeship, and rather pursued his dream becoming an individual artist.

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He glazes five different Oribe glazes

He glazes five different Oribe glazes

YAMAGUCHI's work looks very traditional, as he does 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 supposed to arise naturally in any form, he is expressing himself in classic form. And still you can see the contemporariness and freshness in his pieces.

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YAMAGUCHI Makoto 山口真人(1978- )
Oribe Vase 織部花器
H4.6" x D12.2" x W13.7", H11.8 x D31.2 x W35cm

Oribe Tea Bowl 織部茶碗
H3.4" x D4.7" x W4.9", H8.8 x D12 x W12.6cm 

C.S. Jiang