University of Minnesota ceramics professor Tetsuya Yamada has received international recognition for his artwork, including the prestigious grand prize at the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Korea, in 2011. The Tokyo-born artist has also received local honors, such as the 2014 McKnight Fellowship. In addition to showing his work in galleries across the country, he has exhibited around town in innovative and unexpected ways. At 2012’s Northern Spark, Yamada collaborated with students and his fellow professor Clive Murphy to design a steam-powered organ that doubled as a pizza oven. Then, two years ago, at an exhibition called “Americana” at the Soap Factory, Yamada built a giant utility pole made from found objects that appeared to be near falling over. (The piece was a commentary on a society at the brink of collapse.) This week, the Denler Gallery hosts a reception for Yamada’s solo show, “Untie.” This time, Yamada employs various forms of media to explore the connection between the mundane and the sublime, seeking inroads to our imagination.