A trailblazer in his family’s history, Koichiro Isezaki carries on his generational ceramics practice of Bizen ware. He is the first son of Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun.

He previously had an apprenticeship with New York-based ceramic artist Jeff Shapiro, who had actually studied under Koichiro’s father’s apprentice Yamashita Jyoji.

An element of chance is inherent within the creation of Bizen ware ceramics, as they involve a glaze produced through natural burning materials inserted in the kiln during the firing process. Isezaki takes this a step further with his straying from traditionality in order to come up with more creative and freer forms via multiple influences outside of his family. In his works, organized chaos and formed formlessness turn themselves on their head in order to produce something akin to his family’s work but with a more modern and textural twist.

He has recently exhibited all over Europe and frequently at Lacoste Gallery in Concord, Massachusetts.



1974  Born in Bizen

1996  BA, Sculpture Program, Tokyo Zokei University

1998 - 2000  Apprenticeship to Jeff Shapiro

2010 Eight works exhibited at "About the Tea Ceremony - A Viewpoint on Contemporary Kogei" Exhibition held at the Crafts Gallery, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

2010  Art gallery in Mitsukoshi Department Store.

2011  Panelist at "A Study of Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony" Symposium. Selected to the Paramita Museum Ceramic Art Grand Prize Exhibition

2011  Encouragement Award, Okayama Prefecture Development of Emerging Artists Program

2013  City Hall of Faenza, Italy with workshop

2014  Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, England

2016  Art Gallery in Mitsukoshi Department Store