21" x 21" x 22" high
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Yamaguchi graduated in bamboo craft from the Beppu Occupational School in
1957 and, at 23, apprenticed to Living National Treasure Shono Shounsai.
A decade later he began receiving accolades, garnering the Beppu City
Mayor's Award and Oita Prefecture Governor's Awards. Between 1966 and 2004,
he won more than 25 important prizes. His work has been purchased by the
Oita Prefectural Art Hall, Oita City Museum of Art, and Mint Museum and
exhibited in "Best Bamboo Baskets: the Cotsen Collection" at LongHouse
Reserve in East Hampton, New York.
"Frankly speaking, I never thought of the possibility of being an artist
until I apprenticed with the first Living National Treasure in bamboo arts,
Shono Shounsai," he says. "His example deeply inspired me to express
myself. Even now, it is a great struggle for me with each new piece. I feel
the beauty of the flowers. I feel the beauty of the water flow. I try to
bring that flow into my pattern. At first I was very surprised that people
wanted to collect my work in the West, but now it has given me more
confidence as an artist."
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