Having moved to the United States as an exchange student, Kensuke Yamada earned a BA from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, and an MFA in Ceramic Sculpture from the University of Montana, Missoula. Yamada has enjoyed several artist residencies including positions at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Maine, and the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana. His work has been shown at several national venues and has been featured in International Examiner, Ceramics Monthly, and in the Seattle Times. Yamada’s experiences as a foreigner navigating a new language led to a focus on “human gestures and facial expressions,” which are embodied in his sculpture. He explains, “The ceramic figures I create convey this collective understanding shared by all individuals by using facial expression and simple body language to communicate on a universal level.”