Region: Uji, Kyoto

Ceramic artist Mr. Hosai Matsubayashi was born in 1980 in Uji, Kyoto to a family with over 400 years of history in Asahi-yaki Kiln. After learning the rokuro (potter’s wheel) in 2004 in Kyoto, he apprenticed under his father. He assumed the family head title as Hosai XVI in 2016. Using clay passed down through generations, Mr. Matsubayashi specialises in the making of tea ceremony ceramics, including the traditional works of Kase (literally, “fawn back”) and Beni-Kase (“red fawn back”), as well as his personal style of Geppaku (“moon white”) overglaze. His works has been exhibited overseas and gaining international collectors, such as the National Museum of Wales. His works embody “kirei-sabi” (“beauty and simplicity”), the aesthetic philosophy of 17th century Tea Master Kobori Enshu, where tradition and modernity, simplicity and sophistication, strength and gentleness harmoniously coexist.