Ceramicist Yukiya Izumita began his career training under Gakuho Shimodake in Kokuji- Ware in 1992. Afterward, in 1995, Izumita went on to open his studio in Noda Village, Iwate Prefecture, on the border of the Northern Ceramic Production area of Aomori Prefecture. Tohoku, in Northeast Japan, is known for its very severe weather; because of this, Izumita became inspired by the coastal winds and the endurance found in seaside culture. 

 

Izumita's artistic career has been met with extensive acclaim in Japan. Upon exhibiting at SOFA New York in 2005, he has been 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.

 

His works are in the public collections of the Yale University Art Gallery, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Iwate Museum of Art, and Tokonomae City Board of Education.