Yamato Kobayashi is from Kasama in Ibaraki Prefecture. He is a graduate of international culture. He takes classes at the Ceramics Training Institute of the Ibaraki Prefectural Industrial Technology Center. Kobayashi returned to his native land after a brief salaried career and began training in 2013 with one of the city's contemporary potters: Akio Nukaga. Yamato Kobayashi has shared his own workshop with Mineko Nishimura since 2015, which they have named "Keizan" or gift from the mountains. Kasama is a city where ceramics is very present. The son of a Kasama potter, he works with local clay, which he describes as smooth and quick to mold. Using Kasama City's iron-rich clay, traditional ash glaze, and white engobe, Kobayashi's work has its unique Shibumi: the aesthetic of simplicity, subtlety, and understated beauty. . The minimal forms of Kobayashi's work are his strength.
MATERIALS : Local Kasama sandstone
TECHNIQUE : Wheel, gas firing
GLAZE : From personal research, Kohiki. Kohiki means "crushed powder" and refers to the fine powder coating of enamel. The Kohiki generally designates an iron-rich clay body covered with a white slip and then a translucent glaze. In Japan, the Kohiki style was born among Korean potters.
COLOUR : Matte white
DIMENSIONS : Ø 13cm, height 6.5cm
USES AND MAINTENANCE:
Dishwasher: No, not recommended
NOTE: Like any handcrafted product, these pieces may have slight variations in shape, color and thickness.