Isso Koyama II is the son of the first Isso
Koyama, who was one of the best saikumono
(sculptural) Bizen potters of his generation. Isso
Koyama II was born in 1932 and began potting with his father at an early age.
However, when he was growing up a revival had begun in the production of
Bizen wares for the tea ceremony, which had virtually died out at the
beginning of the 20th century. He decided to follow this path rather than
copy the work of his father but took his fatherís name and continued to use
the family kiln, Isso kiln, along with his own son
after his fatherís death in 1984. The box that the vase comes with does show
signs of age but is structurally in good condition. The vase has the potterís
incised signature on the base and a stamped cloth is also included.
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