Born in Osaka in 1985, Masahiro Wadayama attended South Dakota University where he began with a major in English Literature and began studying pottery. After returning to Japan, he apprenticed under ceramic artist Kazuyo Hiruma. In 2019 he moved to Wakayama-city to pursue his solo career as a potter.
Decorated with numerous awards such as from the Kyoto Togei Biennale and the Kikuchi Biennale, Wadayama creates pieces that have the appearance of fine art ceramics yet are made to be used everyday in the home. An opulent expression of everyday pottery.
Wadayama’s signature material is Amakusa Porcelain, which comes from the earth in Saga, Japan. More durable and less porous than traditional earthenware ceramics, the material is utilitarian and ideal to make vessels for everyday use, which is what he intends the pieces to be used for.
Often using Japanese Indigo, the vibrant and delicate glaze that coats the durable porcelain is a poetic juxtaposition, as Wadayama explores the concept of contradictions in his works. With subtle yet impactful details in the glaze that one can only see by observing up close, each piece shows a new surprise and discovery every time they are viewed- a scattering of gold dust, the stroke of another hue, rich matte and shiny textures- his love of contradictions and harmony become clear.
Nature surrounds Wadayama in his ceramic studio which overlooks the ocean. Perhaps the fluid glaze patterns are the influence of the ever changing ocean tides.