Makimasa Imai

Turtle with Karakusa Pattern

In Japan, turtles are valued as a symbol of longevity because of the saying that cranes live a 1,000 years, turtles 10,000 years.
When I see a turtle, I feel their immeasurable vitality as they slowly yet steadily move forward.

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Materials
ceramic
Details
W 14.6 × D 24.3 × H 12 cm
weight: about 1.5kg

W 5.75 × D 9.57 × H 4.72 in
weight: about 3.31 lbs
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Makimasa Imai

Makimasa Imai

Makimasa Imai insists on firing his pieces in climbing kilns to create a deep, rich finish, and he travels 400 km from Kyoto to Takehara in Hiroshima Prefecture to fire. His artwork is designed to give a vivid and energetic feeling to the animals he creates, adding a feeling of vitality to the space they are displayed in.
Makimasa's father, ceramic artist Masayuki Imai, is a recipient of the Order of Cultural Merit, which is considered a high honor in Japan.