“Even when broken, fragments of ceramics remain, never to be totally destroyed but serving as a bridge between the past and the people of the future.”
A surface completely covered in flowers; Yuki Hayama’s Offering Bowl with Ten Thousand Flowers is like a radiant dream. The form of the offering bowl suggests a sense of openness and vulnerability, one that can be filled with prayer and love. Stories tell of our ancestors, offering flowers to the deceased nearly sixty thousand years ago; however, these flowers wilt and change with the seasons, with time their fragrant petals and lush colors fade away. Yuki Hayama creates a flower that never wilts, a garden that remains vibrant forever, a memento that has been dedicated to heaven.
Hayama says that the past is the reference that can be used to speculate on the future, leading him to study history and the classics avidly. Hayama originally aspired to become a writer and this passion is reflected in his designs. He illustrates stories based on the lives of people who appear in myths and legends passed down over thousands of years. He wields a compass, one that guides him into the future and gives birth to his designs. Having practiced his designs more than ten thousand times, his hands are masterful, and he is able to draw directly onto the porcelain. His control of the brush allows him to overlap multiple lines within the space of a single millimeter, applying the cobalt colorant without hesitation. The result is a paean of praise to all living things, representing the countless tears of humanity and the adoration of mother Earth.
Held in the palm of the hand, Hayama’s works come to life. The imagery invites us to dance and the image of someone close to us springs into mind and the beauty of the thought overflows. It is through sharing the joy and beauty of Hayama’s porcelain stories which allows us to inspire generations to come.