• From Myth to History, and then The Future

    From Myth to History, and then The Future

    On a bowl ancient people used to give offerings to the Gods, a beautifully solemn pattern holding humanity's prayer for peace and prosperity is painted.

    The creation of this piece began from a study of the long history of humanity. Before long, the emotions of humanity solidify and bear fruit as a singular story. Then, I finally stand before the wheel, and I take my brush in hand.

    The kindness, courage, weakness and transience of humans become the story, and are expressed upon the rich, colorful piece.

    My work is learning history, and creating art to communicate it into the future.

     

    Yuki Hayama

  • Yuki Hayama, Goddess of The Moon

    H3 x W16 1/8 in, H7.6 x W41 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    Goddess of The Moon

    Based on the view of the cosmos held by ancient people; a myriad of myths passed down in different regions. The "Goddess of the Moon" is another work of art inspired by such ancient myths. It was crafted by combining the Chinese legend of Chang'e Benyue and Artemis from Greek mythology in an endeavor to express the hidden beauty in these myths. The "Goddess of the Moon" is the result of adding modern inspiration to the rich ancient world of imagination.

    • C21976 Yuki Hayama A2A3473 Ny
    • C21976 Yuki Hayama A2A3457 Ny
  • Yuki Hayama, 万花彩祭器 Offering Bowl with Ten Thousand Flowers

    H4 5/8 x W24 ¾ x D5 5/8 in, H11.6 x W63 x D14.2 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    万花彩祭器 Offering Bowl with Ten Thousand Flowers

    Since ancient times, flowers have symbolized life. This incense burner with a motif of'Ten Thousand Flowers' depicts lotuses that rise from the mud, but which cannot be tainted by it. A lotus seed buried in the mud in the Jomon period (more than 2,000 years ago) has awoken in modern Japan to produce an incense burner embellished with highly fragrant flowers. Seasonal Japanese flowers are drawn on this incense burner, along with Jomon lotuses, to celebrate life-as beautiful and as strong as it is.

    • C21977 Yuki Hayama Ornament A2A5142 T10
    • C21977 Yuki Hayama Ornament A2A5154 T10
  • Yuki Hayama, Vase: Ten Thousand Flowers

    H13 1/8 x W15 1/4 in 
    H33.3 x W38.7 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    Vase: Ten Thousand Flowers

    In this work, the unique beauty of Japanese colored porcelain has been elevated to a new perfection of minute design, refining it to pass on to future generations. No matter how valuable a technique may be, it will not survive unless it stimulates people's aesthetic sensibilities and captivates their hearts. Hayama has studied flowers for many years - their colors having been impressed on his mind - and he has recreated them here without confining himself to any particular season. 

    • C21978 Yuki Hayama A2A2912 M4
    • C21978 Yuki Hayama A2A2895 M4
  • Yuki Hayama, Vase: Shinrabansho All of Creation

    H11 6/8 x W13 ¼ in, 
    H29.8 x W33.5 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    Vase: Shinrabansho All of Creation

    The Indus Valley Civilization that sprang up in the northwestern regions of South Asia, existed for almost 1,000 years until the disappearance of the surrounding forests caused its collapse. The heritage of this civilization was carried overseas in the form of the motifs that were used for dyeing chintz fabric, and these flourished when they reached Java. 
    The Shinrabansho motif depicts the fecundity of life in the ancient forests, and has been recreated here in this blue and gold design - a celebration of the origins of life.

    • C21979 Yuki Hayama A2A1737 Ny
    • C21979 Yuki Hayama A2A1743 Ny
  • Yuki Hayama, Vase: Fish and Aquatic Plants

    H14 3/4 x W15 3/8 in 
    H37.3 x W39.1 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    Vase: Fish and Aquatic Plants

    Chinese nobles and literati, who were driven from their homes when the Mongols swept across the Eurasian continent, traveled down the Yangtze River in search of a safe haven, eventually settling in the mild climate of Jiangnan, where they developed new forms of beauty and art. This design of fish and seaweed is a motif that was first developed by the court painters of the Southern Song dynasty; fish represent wealth and seaweed symbolizes a safe home. Applying the motif using zaffer, Hayama elegantly recreates this one-thousand-year-old prayer for peace in the modern age.

  • Yuki Hayama, Porcelain Tiles: Sunlight Shining Through Trees

    H17 1/8 x W48 5/8 in
    H43.6 x W123.6 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    Porcelain Tiles: Sunlight Shining Through Trees

    I created this panel inspired by the nature of Scandinavia where I lived from 2007 to 2008. I still remember the affluent nature and light produced as a result of the workings of the northern paradise. I initially painted the picture of "Komorebi" as the final scene of "Flying Wood Louse," a fairy tale I wrote in Scandinavia. This is one of my most memorable works where I challenged myself using a new blurred painting technique to depict metempsychosis and a new world after rebirth using the motifs of swans on a lake and Komorebi, or sunlight filtering through leaves. 

  • Yuki Hayama, 海青皇賜香水瓶

    H5 3/8 x W3 3/4 in
    H13.5 x W9.3 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    海青皇賜香水瓶

    Plants and flowers that thrive during the four seasons show us the mystique, affluence, and generosity of nature. More than 70 species of plants and flowers were painted using gosu (cobalt), and firing was repeated eight times to recreate the plants' natural color tone. The beautiful coloring will remind you of nature's fragrant secrets.

  • Yuki Hayama, 万花彩香水瓶 I〈大〉Perfume Bottle: Ten Thousand Flowers I (Large)

    H5 x W3 ¼ in,
    H12.8 x W8.3 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    万花彩香水瓶 I〈大〉Perfume Bottle: Ten Thousand Flowers I (Large)

    Perfume bottles have a long history. The oldest manufacturer discovered dates back to around 1850 BC in Greece.

    Perfume bottles were originally used for religious and medical applications.

    "Ten thousand" plants and flowers of the four seasons are painted colorfully on this bottle. I created this decorative piece so that you can use your senses to imagine the scent of flowers.

  • Yuki Hayama, 万花彩香水瓶 II〈中〉Perfume Bottle: Ten Thousand Flowers II (Medium)

    H4 1/4 x W3 in
    H10.8 x W7.5 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    万花彩香水瓶 II〈中〉Perfume Bottle: Ten Thousand Flowers II (Medium)

    Perfume bottles have a long history. The oldest manufacturer discovered dates back to around 1850 BC in Greece. Perfume bottles were originally used for religious and medical applications. I painted plants and flowers of the four seasons on this small, pretty perfume bottle. Although crearing this piece was difficult due to its smallness, I made full use of miniature painting techniques to draw more than 50 species of plants and flowers.

  • Yuki Hayama, 万花彩香水瓶 III〈小〉Perfume Bottle: Ten Thousand Flowers IIl (Small)

    H6 1/2 x W3 3/8 in
    H16.6 x W8.5 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    万花彩香水瓶 III〈小〉Perfume Bottle: Ten Thousand Flowers IIl (Small)

    The drawing on the bottle is based on the patterns of Faberge Imperial Easter Eggs, combined with the Iznik floral arabesque-like pattern.

    The blue color of the Mediterranean has been called "Iznik blue." The composition of the drawing is inspired by many works of fine art produced during the Romanov dynasty under the reign of Alexander III and Nicholas II. 

    • C21982 Yuki Hayama A2A2012 Ny
    • C21982 Yuki Hayama A2A2001 Ny
  • Yuki Hayama, Perfume Bottle: Green Phoenix and Arabesque with Gold glaze

    H4 5/8 x W3 ½ in
    H11.6 x W8.8 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    Perfume Bottle: Green Phoenix and Arabesque with Gold glaze

    A scene from a movie called "Rikyu," starring Rentaro Mikuni, inspired me to create this perfume bottle. In this movie, during a conversation with Tokugawa Ieyasu, Rikyu places a small green glass bottle on the floor of a simple tearoom. I remember the astonishing beauty of the green bottle imported from abroad, sitting quietly inside a Japanese building featuring clay walls, tatami mats, and candlelight. I created this Western-style bottle with a wish to design something that would beautifully fit into the Japanese building that I saw in that movie. 

  • Yuki Hayama, Perfume Bottle: Chrysanthemum and Miru Aquatic plants with Gold glaze

    H4 3/8 x W4 3/8 in,
    H11.2 x W11.2 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    Perfume Bottle: Chrysanthemum and Miru Aquatic plants with Gold glaze

    Since more than 1,000 years ago, Japanese people have cherished September 9 as the date of the Double Ninth Festival and the Chrysanthe­mum Festival. On this date with the two largest yang numbers, people pray for longevity, symbolized by chrysanthemum flowers. The straight chrysanthemum flower painted on this bottle using curved lines represents eternal life. In addition, the thin red lines drawn on the background are called miru, which signifies prosperity.

  • Yuki Hayama, Perfume Bottle: Shinrabansyo All of Creation

    H4 5/8 x W4 3/8 in
    H11.8 x W11.2 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    Perfume Bottle: Shinrabansyo All of Creation

    Perfume bottles have a long history. The oldest manufacturer discovered dates back to around 1850 BC in Greece. Perfume bottles were originally used for religious and medical applications. The composition of many animals and plants drawn on this bottle is based on the design of Java chintz. This perfume bottle aims to express the source of the universe by combining natural mystical patterns and scentful cultures. 

  • Yuki Hayama, Perfume Bottle: A Gift of the Nile I

    H7 5/8 x W2 1/2 in
    H19.4 x W6.5 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    Perfume Bottle: A Gift of the Nile I

    Perfume bottles have a long history. The oldest manufacturer discovered dates back to around 1850 BC in Greece. Perfume bottles were originally used for religious and medical applications. On this bottle, I painted the portraits of the young King Tutankhamun, who is perhaps the most well-known pharaoh of the ancient Egyptian civilization, and his wife Queen Ankhesenamun. People in ancient Egypt used perfume oil that is similar to today's perfume.

    • C21989 Yuki Hayama A2A1989 Ny
    • C21989 Yuki Hayama A2A1994 Ny
  • Yuki Hayama, Perfume Bottle: A Gift of the Nile II

    H7 3/4 x W2 5/8 in
    H19.5 x W6.7 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    Perfume Bottle: A Gift of the Nile II

    Perfume bottles have a long history. The oldest manufacturer discovered dates back to around 1850 BC in Greece. Perfume bottles were originally used for religious and medical applications. On this bottle, I painted the mysterious landscape of ancient Egypt using deep cobalt blue and gold paints. In addition to Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun, I also drew the portrait of Isis, the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus, in the background.

    • C21990 Crp Yuki Hayama A2A3590 Ny
    • C21990 Yuki Hayama A2A3562 Ny
  • Yuki Hayama, Perfume Bottle: Rokumei (Deer's Cry)

    H5 1/4 x W2 1/2 in
    H13.5 x W6.2 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    Perfume Bottle: Rokumei (Deer's Cry)

    Perfume bottles have a long history. The oldest manufacturer discovered dates back to around 1850 BC in Greece. Three thousand years ago, there was a dynasty called Zhou in China. People of Zhou very much enjoyed music, and arranged folk songs from all over the country into elegant court music. Rokumei was one such tune that was played at parties welcoming state guests. Sophisticated, dignified qinghua {blue flower) and gosai (five colors of blue, yellow, red, white and black) are used to express the imagination of an old poem appreciating the virtue of deer, which always call their friends when they find food.

  • Yuki Hayama, Memory Box: Imperial Gift of an Iznik Blue I

    Yuki Hayama

    Memory Box: Imperial Gift of an Iznik Blue I Ceramics
    H2 1/8 x W4 1/4 x D2 1/4 in
    H5.2 x W10.7 x D5.7 cm
  • Yuki Hayama, Memory Box: Imperial Gift of an Iznik Blue II

    H2 1/8 x W3 5/8 in
    H5.3 x W9.2 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    Memory Box: Imperial Gift of an Iznik Blue II

    The tradition of beautiful blue that started from the Cretan civilization on the northern Mediterranean coast was passed on from Greece to Turkey, and then to Russia and Scandinavia, producing an exceptionally beautiful set of patterns afrer being integrated with the wealth of the Russian imperial family in the early modern era. This ceramic box is a combination of the qinghua (blue flower) reminiscent of the deep, quiet forests of Scandinavia, and the golden patterns invented by a genius Russian court designer. Shima Qian's Records of the Grand Historian vividly depicts a famous scene where a box containing a map is presented to Qin Shi Huang. 

  • Yuki Hayama, Memorial Box: Melody of Tranquility I

    H2 1/8 x W3 5/8 in
    H5.2 x W9.1 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    Memorial Box: Melody of Tranquility I

    The mystery of nature lies even within the simple fact that flowers have scents, and small insects gather to collect floral nectar. I created this "Melody of Peace" inspired by the French saying "Un ange passe (An angel is passing)" to portray a world born from a single phrase, where peaceful and orderly natural mystique exists. I painted floral fairies that are said to live in the forests of Athens. In my imagination, the fairies are playing musical instruments in a field of flowers filled with energy and brilliance. 

    • C21994 Yuki Hayama A2A3371 Ny
    • C21994 Yuki Hayamai A2A3354 Ny
  • Yuki Hayama, Memorial Box: Melody of Tranquility II

    H1 3/4 x W5 1/2 x D2 in
    H4.6 x W13.9 x D5 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    Memorial Box: Melody of Tranquility II

    I created this “Melody of Peace” to express a beauty that will leave you speechless. The composition of this work was born when I saw a beautiful piece of lace knitting in Brussels where I stayed in January 2020. I drew patterns reminiscent of the lace knitting using a slip of clay and glaze on the cobalt blue gosu paint. I also drew some pretty fairies inside the ceramic box.

    • C21995 Yuki Hayama A2A2118 Ny
    • C21995 Yuki Hayama A2A2114 Ny
  • Yuki Hayama, Memory Box: A Gift of the Nile II

    H1 1/8 x W3 1/4 in
    H2.9 x W8.4 cm

    Yuki Hayama

    Memory Box: A Gift of the Nile II

    An ancient civilization was born at the banks of river Nile around 5,000 years ago. Ancient Egypt was also a home to a wide variety of patterns, including the cobblestone pattern, ocean wave pattern, and cloisonné pattern. I used mysterious hieroglyphs and a Sphinx design to decorate this ceramic box, expressing the civilization’s eternal history.

    • C21997 Yuki Hayama Mb A2A2130 Ny
    • C21997 Yuki Hayama Mb Ii A2A2752 Ny