Kensuke Yamada was Born in Japan and came to the United States to attend Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he received his BA. He continued his ceramics education at the University of Montana, receiving his MFA in 2009. Since then, he has been a Resident Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, and Guest Artist/Instructor at the Tyler School of Art and later the University of Arkansas, where he now serves as Assistant Professor. The figure, for Yamada, is an extension and embodiment of shared interactions, communicating through a vocabulary of gestures, patterns, textures, colors, and rhythms. In conversation these qualities bring the figure to life.