Hiroyuki Wakimoto is one of the most modern potters from Bizen, Japan's oldest pottery center. Unlike most Bizen artists who are born into potters' families, Wakimoto came from the island of Tsushima to Bizen at the age of thirty, where he apprenticed for nine years. He opened a kiln to practice his unique style of pottery in 1990. 

 
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Wakimoto's Style

Wakimoto is well-known for creating bold shapes and for making use of traditional Bizen firing techniques to create contrasting colors in his works. For example, many of his pieces feature the ancient Bizen "goma" glaze, named after its resemblance to sesame seed paste. Also, many of his works are made up of pieces which are fired at different points in the kiln - some mildly fired, while some are covered in a "sangiri" charcoal-like glaze, which is produced when charcoal falls on objects while being fired at high temperatures. 


Inspiration

Wakimoto's inspiration comes from his own memories and the environment in which he grew up. He describes his inspiration as the "nature that is within him," as he re-creates images of various scenes from his life. Having grown up on Tsushima island, where the mountainous terrain and large waves crashing against rocky coasts make up much of the landscape, Wakimonto is drawn to bold, sometimes rough shapes, and colors and textures inspired by nature. He is also one of the few artists in Japan who uses the "kurinuki" technique, a hands-on technique in which he creates his works by carving clay from the inside instead of using the wheel. 

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Exhibitions

Wakimoto has exhibited widely throughout Japan and the United States. 

Each piece is wrapped in a signed wooden box.