Yusuke Yamamoto

'SEA ICE' BOWL

2018

Silver, hand-raised and chased, 24ct gold foil inlays

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Inspired by the coastline of North Wales, where Yamamoto lives and works, the hand-raised and chased shapes evoke the geometry of ice crystals and the break-up of ice floes on winter seas.

As he comments: “Once I have found the essence of my narrative then I begin to jot down these ideas directly onto the silver with my individual style of sculptured and chased silver forms, exploring movement and pattern through distinctive surface texture and hammered marks.”

A selection of raised compartments are inlaid with 24ct gold foil in a traditional Japanese technique known as ‘Nunome’, which is usually employed for making arms and armour. On the bowl, the inlays show, in Yamamoto’s words, “how small fragments of ice catch the sunlight.”