Hashimoto is one of Japan’s most exciting contemporary artists, trained in ceramics, his unique approach and contemporary context catapult him into an exciting trajectory. Upon first impressions, his artworks of ceramics seem to reflect a curious mix of oxidized or rusted metal. Its burnt orange, black, and chrome variation and rough texture make it hard to pinpoint that it is, in fact, ceramic. Alongside a multi-layered firing process, it is buckwheat shells, not more commonly rice, that is a key ingredient in his firing process. This ‘tsuchi’ effect from Hashimoto’s unique fire-pit technique is an identifiable signature style for the young artist, whilst his choice of using Seto Yaki (a type of pottery produced in Aichi prefecture) relates back to the material’s resilience when creating his large works.