Hiroyuki Wakimoto (歴史)

"Hiroyuki Wakimoto was not born into a family of potters. He was originally from Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture in Kyushu. He first studied textile design at Osaka Art College, until he did realize that textiles were not really his interest. Left college  went back to his hometown to help his parents's business. A visit to a college friend who was doing an apprenticeship with a ceramist in Bizen proved to be a turning point in his life. He was inspired by Bizen-yaki and, at the age of 30, he became an apprentice under accomplished ceramist Joji Yamashita. Nine years later, in 1990, Wakimoto established his own kiln and studio in Bizen. As one of the six oldest Japanese pottery centers in Japan, Bizen has produced many exceptional ceramists, including a number of National Living Treasures. Wakimoto concentrates on developing a personal style.  His pieces are instantly recognizable by the bold, meticulously conceived forms with clean strong lines and his signature fire markings. He use a technique, called "kurinuki", offers the artist great flexibility to create new shapes. He also takes great care to document his firing procedures, keeping detailed data on temperature and positions of the pieces in his noborigama (climbing kiln). This methodical approach frees the artist from haphazard guesswork, allowing him to focus on turning his abstract visions into tangible forms. Wakimoto uses his intimate knowledge of the kiln to produce the composite pieces, by firing separate components in different locations in his kiln to achieve contrasting fire markings on the same piece. 

Retrospective "Bio"Extract  by Touching Stone Gallery , Santa Fe, USA