Isezaki Mitsuru is the elder brother of the current Bizen Living National
Treasure, Isezaki Jun, and in 1998 was made an Important Intangible Cultural
Property of Okayama Prefecture. Mitsuru always wood fires using split pine in
either his tunnel kiln (anagama) or climbing kiln (noborigama). In fact it
was the Isezaki family, who were instrumental in making the anagama the
current kiln of choice in the Bizen area. This yunomi is typical of his
austere aesthetic approach.
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