Koyama Kōichi studied ceramics at Tamagawa University. He set up his kiln Ryūsen-yō in the Yanaka district of downtown Tokyo where he was born and raised and has been working there independently. While teaching ceramics at local community and adult programs, he participated in juried exhibitions and competitions, quickly gaining recognition in the late 1990’s after receiving the Special Award at the Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition.
Seeking novel colors and textures, this artist never hesitates to explore new materials and methods in his over-glaze painted works, a technique previously not used in Japanese ceramic production. For example, metals are conventionally used in leaf- or pigment-form in creating decorative surfaces, but by applying them in innovative ways using chloride fluid, the artist is able to achieve the creation of original ceramic works, uniting fresh abstract patterns with new colors and techniques. The distinct and subdued blue tones, unlike the typical cobalt and enamel blues, are among his technical and artistic achievements that are highly regarded.
In 2013, his work became part of the permanent collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
- TOBI: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, New York
- Heritage: Japanese Works of Art by Contemporary Artists, New York