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Yu Kobayashi lives and works in a self-built studio made from driftwood and recycled materials next to the ocean in Shizuoka, Japan.  Yu is a multi-disciplinary artist - a painter, sculptor and ceramic artist. Yu regularly exhibits in Tokyo and across Japan. She has had two books published about her life and work.

Yu walks daily through a grove of pine trees separating her house from the ocean, whereupon she has a view of the sun setting over Mount Fuji while she tends her driftwood bonfire on the beach. Working in these natural surrounds, Yu creates ceramic pieces imbued with a deep appreciation for the profundity of nature.