Intricate surfaces: the silver of Yusuke Yamamoto

Yusuke Yamamoto likes to tell himself stories. “Some percentage of my brain is always thinking about my work, looking for a new idea,” says the Japanese silversmith. “Small elements of inspiration form layers in my head and sometimes connect together to become a story that I translate into silver.”

Yamamoto’s work – eye-catching sculptural vessels and beakers that display his skill for chasing – is what he has previously called “a manifestation of my everyday observations”. These could be the scent of something carried on the wind during a walk in the woods, the look of trees moving in the breeze or the sound and rhythm of shaking branches and leaves.“I use all of my senses to catch what I feel,” he says. An idea could also come while he is watching a film or reading a book. “Everything is inspiring.”