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. In his debut with Sager Braudis Gallery, Yamada presents ceramic sculptures in the distinct style recognizable to his collectors around the world. His figures in earlier series, with disproportionately large heads and accompanying toy-like objects, read as likenesses of children. In this series, disembodied and exaggerated in scale, childlike heads seem more like enlarged toys themselves, with whimsical graftings and surface treatments that intentionally conflate portrait and object. Each sculpture bears a sense of character and memory, inviting the imagination of a surrounding story.