Bizen ware "Taikai" tea caddy
1906 - 1994
Yamamoto began studying ceramics in 1922 and became apprenticed to the Kyoto potter Kusube Yaichi (1897 - 1984) in 1938. Yamamoto entered many exhibitions, including the 'Dento Kogei Kai' 13 times. In 1956 he was designated an 'Okayama Prefectural Important Intangible Cultural Asset'. In 1959 he was awarded a prize at the Firenze International Exhibition. Yamamoto received the Okayama Cultural Award in 1972, and subsequently many other awards.
Although small, tea caddies appear in a wide variety of shapes and glazes. They traditionally have an ivory lid and more treasured ones are accompanied by a silk bag which prevents the surface being scratched.
Bizen ware tea caddy 'Ocean'
Bizen Taikai chaire
Place where the work was made
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
7.5 x 9.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Rev. Muneharu Kurozumi 1981
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The four seasons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Jun 1989–Jul 1990
Referenced in 3 publications
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Sydney, 1991, 4. cat.no. 33
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Tea', Sydney, 2003, 227 (colour illus.).
Jacqueline Menzies, The 4 seasons, 'The Japanese teahouse', not paginated., Sydney, 1989, (colour illus.) not paginated [chart].