Biography

Based in Tokoname, Yoshikawa concentrates on creating seihakuji, or blue-white, glazed contemporary ceramic works. While celadon porcelains are traditionally celebrated for their thin and sharp forms, Yoshikawa creates sculptural forms in porcelain after his own Japanese aesthetic: thick, bold, and covered with pooling and dripping seihakuji glaze. He also paints with sometsuke, or underglaze cobalt blue, to fashion lively calligraphic designs on the surfaces of his functional work, sometimes even them beneath the feet of his larger non-functional forms. His unique technique and reinterpretation of these classical idioms have received both national and international recognition.