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
Jacqueline Menzies, The 4 seasons, 'The Japanese teahouse', not paginated., Sydney, 1989, (colour illus.) not paginated [chart].
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Sydney, 1991, 4. cat.no. 33
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Tea', Sydney, 2003, 227 (colour illus.).