The Living National Treasure in bizen ceramics, Jun Isezaki (b. 1936) is legendary artist known for his organic forms and highly viscous natural ash glazes. Bizen is a rigerous endeavor; firing the anagama kiln for 14 days, which requires new logs be continuously added for fuel, produces an extremely dense ceramic with a decorative pattern not entirely under Isezaki's control. The rustic quality, in which we can observe so much of the artist's hand, is endearing and beloved throughout the world.
Selected Public Collection:
- Musée National de Céramique, Paris, France
Kogei: The Art of Japanese craftSummer Selections from Ippodo Gallery, New York 5 - 27 Aug 2021The Japanese festival of Obon ( お盆) traces back to ancient Chinese and Buddhist rituals that honor one’s ancestors. It is believe that this time every year, the ancestor’s spirits come back and visit their living relatives. During the holiday, from August 13th to 15th, many families visit ancestral graves...Read more
Black GlazesTenmoku, Raku, and Oribe November 4, 2020A black glazed tea bowl is a common one among all the artists. Looking through the history of Asian ceramics, black tea bowls traveled from China to Japan between the 11th - 20th centuries and then to the west in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Shiro Tsujimura, Black Tea Bowl, C17601 During the 11th - 20th centuries, the Jian kilns in Fujian Province, China started producing only tea bowls primarily because tea drinking became popular among the Buddhists during meditation. Jun Isezaki, Black Tea Bowl, C19708 The tea bowls...Read more