Artist Yoshiko Yamamoto is a self-taught block printmaker who strives always to fuse Japanese design sensibility with fine
craftsmanship. Several years ago, Nawal Motawi, a longtime admirer of Yoshiko's work, approached her for a collaboration. Motawi thought Yamamoto's bold prints would work well as a raised-line
tile design. She was right. Yamamoto's graceful, swaying scenes brought the clay to life.
The design for "California Oak" comes from a block print inspired by the rolling hills of the Central Coast in California.