Yasuhisa Kohyama (b. 1936) is an important ceramic artist whose work is informed by traditional techniques of historical potters from Shigaraki in Japan, his place of birth. He fires his ceramics in wood-fired kilns. Each firing takes about two weeks. He built and fired the work in an Anagama or dragon kiln during a period as an artist in residence at the Sturt Craft Centre in Mittagong, NSW in 2004. Although similar to work he produced in his studio in Japan, the colours and shapes are a legacy of the Mittagong experience and reflect his immersion in and appreciation of the local Australian landscape during his three month visit.
Kohyama has exhibited widely all over the world and is represented in galleries in USA, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan and Australia.