Minoru Yamato


  • Ceramics
  • Presented in 2008
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Category Ceramics
Year Presented 2008
Exhibition The 31st Yamaguchi Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
Awards Asahi Shimbun Award

  • Iron glaze

    Iron glaze (tetsuyū) refers to a broad category of iron-rich ceramic glazes. Depending on the iron content, these glazes can produce colors ranging from black to brown to amber. Blackish glazes with around five percent iron content are known as Tenmoku (Ch. Jian ware) glazes.

  • Hagi ware

    Hagi ware is a type of pottery predominantly made around the cities of Hagi, Nagato, and Yamaguchi in Yamaguchi prefecture. Vessels are made with Daido clay, Mitake clay, and Mishima clay. The resulting stoneware is rarely decorated with motifs, as the texture and qualities of the clay are key points of visual interest that appeal to tea ceremony practitioners.

Minoru Yamato

photo Minoru Yamato

Kido Airaku (Enjoying pottery and clay) It has been decades since I was a little boy simply enjoying playing with clay and being charmed with fire. I was born at a pottery, grew up among artisans, and have been engaged single-mindedly in ceramics. I never lose my spirit of inquiry towards "craftsmanship", and I always dedicate all of my energy to the clay and kiln to make the best piece. I hope many people will be able to feel the warmth of the clay through my work and enjoy them as vessels and as a part of the family.