Vase with Fish and Aquatic Plants Motif

Vase with Fish and Aquatic Plants Motif

Yuki Hayama
Item Number:C15606
H9 W9 1/4 in
H22.8 W23 cm

Chinese nobles and literati, who were driven from their homes when the Mongols swept across the Eurasian continent, traveled down the River Yangtze in search of a safe haven, eventually settling in the mild climate of Jiangnan, where they developed new forms of beauty and art. This design of fish and seaweed is a motif that was first developed by the court painters of the Southern Song dynasty; fish represent wealth and seaweed symbolizes a safe home. Applying the motif using zaffer, Hayama elegantly recreates this one-thousand-year-old prayer for peace in the modern age.
Yuki Hayama
Having carried out an exhaustive study of decorative patterns from around the world, he imbues each porcelain pot with a story. Introducing characters from ancient legends and myths, he questions the meaning of every type of pattern, causing the viewers to reconsider space and life, and inviting them back to the distant past when people lived in harmony with nature. The message he transmits through his works is one of gratitude for the past and hope for the future.

Yuki Hayama

1961 Born in Arita City, Saga Prefecture
1975 Began working at a pottery in Arita City and studying the manufacture of porcelain, including etsuke (painting)
1985 When he was 23 years old, he set up his own kiln in Yamauchi-cho in Saga Prefecture
1990 Held his first solo exhibition at ANA Hotel in Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture. Ever since his exhibitions have been held at various places in Japan.
2007, May Exhibition at Spiral Garden in Omotesando, Tokyo “ YUKI HAYAMA: A Pattern Odyssey” (This exhibition traveled to the Design Museum in Helsinki, Finland from October 2007 until January 2008. The title was changed to “Ceramic Story YUKI HAYAMA Exhibition” by the curators of the museum, reflecting his attitude toward the creation process.)
2007, June Invited to the Art Department of ARABIA (iittala company), located in the suburb of Helsinki, as a special guest designer for half a year and produced work of art. (The piece is collected and exhibited in the Arabian Museum and the Design Museum now.)
2012 Exhibition “Art Crafting Towards the Future” at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Ichikawa Prefecture
2015 Exhibition "Japanese Kōgei | Future Forward" at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York
2016 Exhibition at Ippodo Gallery New York "Beauty of Life 生命の美 - In collaboration with Joseph Carini Carpets

Published works:
" The World Miniature Painting : Flowers of One Thousand Years, the Yuki Hayama Collection " ( 2002, self-published )
" The Melody of Poetic Imagination: the Yuki Hayama Collection" ( 2005, Shin Nippon Kyoiku Tosho ).
“A Girl Who Turned Into A Fish” (picture-book) (2008)

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