Yukiya Izumita (b. 1966) is the leading ceramicist of Japan’s northeast Tohoku arts region. From his kiln in Iwate prefecture’s Noda village, Izumita constructs layered sculptures that reflect the harsh seaside culture. Built from salt-rich clay collected from the coastal beaches, Izumita’s tiered sculptures come to resemble the strange and fantastical natural formations of rock and sand. Izumita is the recipient of the 20th Biennial Japanese Ceramic Art Exhibition’s Excellence Award and the Grand Prize at the Asahi Ceramic Exhibitions of 2000 and 2002. His pieces are in collections including the Yale University Art Gallery, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Iwate Museum of Art.
Izumita’s artistic career was met with extensive acclaim in Japan. Through exhibiting at SOFA New York in 2005, he was met with international acclaim.
In Japan, Izumita is the recipient of numerous accolades such as the Excellence Award at the 20th Biennial Japanese Ceramic Art Exhibition in 2009 and the Grand Prix at the Asahi Ceramic Exhibitions of 2000 and 2002.
Yale University Art Gallery, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Iwate Museum of Art, Tokonomae City Board of Education, and Minneapolis Institute of Art.