A trailblazer among a family of traditionalists, Koichiro Isezaki (b. 1974) preserves his renowned father’s Bizen techniques while simultaneously reimagining the ceramic with atypical forms. Early in his career, Isezaki apprenticed with American sculptor Jeff Shapiro. Since his return to Japan, Isezaki established his kiln in Onadacho in Gifu prefecture. He has exhibited extensively, including at the National Museum of Modern Art Crafts Gallery, Mitsubishi’s retail store, and the Paramita Museum, where he won the Ceramic Art Grand Prize in 2011.
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