Isezaki Koichiro is the eldest son of Bizen's current Living National Treasure,
Isezaki Jun, and his grandfather, Isezaki Yozan, was one of the founding fathers
of 20th century Bizen pottery. He has not let this pedigree stifle him and is regarded
as the up-and-coming star of the Isezaki family. Koichiro watched and learnt
from his father and his father’s famous apprentice, Kakurezaki Ryuichi,
before studying at the Tokyo Sculptural University. From there he embarked on an apprenticeship with
New York based potter, Jeff Shapiro, where he was able to
study the workings of the anagama kiln in great detail as well as taking back
to Bizen some non-traditional vessel forms.
The Black Bizen decoration on this vase is achieved by using a dark iron slip
that combines with natural ash “sesame goma”. Besides the signed wooden box,
the vase also comes with a stamped blue fukasa (cleaning cloth).
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