Seifu Yohei was involved into the developement of modern day Kyo-yaki (Kyoto pottery). Although his family was considered wealthy and highly respected, WW2 caused the Japanese Yen to plunge into the abyss and his family lost most of their accumulated wealth. In the expansion of Shimogyo ward in Kyoto a lot of the larger kilns around Gojo street had to be torn down and the family business closed temporarely.
Being born into a well known and prestigious pottery family he was able to follow his family traditions, but also to choose his own path and express his own creativity. Despite being fed up with pottery and giving up on the potters lifestyle for a while, it was his friend Tsukinowa Yusen who helped him back on his feet to re-explore his passion. Charcoal containers and flower vases became rare as he explored new and fun items such as sake cups, mame bonsai pots, chopstick rests etc. His paintings became vivid again, celadon works became rare and colorful scenes that take place in villages and nature took over.
Seifu Yohei took over various methods and glaze recipes from his family which he combines into magnificent works of art. In the art world, he is not known as a bonsai potter, but rather as a ceramic artist that produces tea utensils, vases and decorative ceramic objects.
Trees, flowers, people and animals are painted in a quirky way and reflect his own personality while most of his shapes remain traditional with the exception of his Yusen inspired animal shaped containers.The brush strokes on his bonsai pots are fun, made with ease and reflect his bonvivant mentality. There are no massproduced pots, each is crafted with great sense of craftsmanship. As art investements gains popularity, so do his pots.