Skip to content

Collection

YAGI Akira

(Japan 1955 – )

Title
Oblong bowl with blue-white celadon glaze
Alternative title:
Seihakuji chôen hachi
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
Year
1996
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
porcelain
Dimensions

43.1 x 22.0 x 12.0 cm

Signature & date
Artist's seal on base, in Japanese, stamped on clay "Akira". Not dated. Signed on lid [associated NWA box], in Japanese, ink, inscribed "Yagi Akira" [and artist's seal]. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Rev. Muneharu Kurozumi 1997
Accession number
378.1997
Location
Not on display
Further information

Yagi Akira is the eldest son of Yagi Kazuo, the forerunner of the abstract ceramics movement and founder of Sôdeisha. While his father's works challenged the conventional notion that craft must be useful, and explored possibilities of form and expression in ceramics, Yagi Akira has in a way 'returned' to vessels made of porcelain which, he feels, is more versatile than earthenware and therefore more suitable for expressing his feelings closely. His works are characterised by fineness of shape and technique which pushes the medium (porcelain) to its limits while incorporating the function of the object.