Bizen Square Flower Vase, 2016; wood-fired stoneware; h. 21 x w. 10 7/8 x d. 7 1/8 in. (53.4 x 27.4 x 18.1 cm)


Tea Bowl, 2015, wood-fired stoneware, h. 3 1/2 x dia. 5 1/2 in (9 x 14 cm)


Black Rectangular Platter, 2012, stoneware, h. 2 1/2 x w. 21 x d. 10 1/2 inches (6 x 53.5 x 26.5 cm)

Isezaki Jun (b. 1936)

Living National Treasure (2004)

Isezaki Jun, the second son of potter Isezaki Yōzan, is one of the most renowned masters of Bizen pottery, a traditional ware that emerged nearly a thousand years ago in the Inde district of Bizen, Okayama prefecture. He is the fifth artist of Bizen pottery to be designated a Living National Treasure by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs.

Isezaki brings back the anagama traditional kiln form, that is dug into a hillside like a tunnel. Of significance in Bizen pottery production is the yakishime style glaze - glazes that are the results of natural wood ash and burn-products that occur in the kilns during the firing process. Isezaki therefore emphasizes the importance of the placement of his works inside the kiln. Even as an experienced potter, the artist cannot completely predict how the works will turn out; the firing process often brings out unexpected beauty that even the artist does not plan. The finest works are often results of the combination of careful design and fortuity. Isezaki’s works, which have bloomed from tradition, continue to emerge and expand in exciting new ways.

His works have been exhibited and collected by major museums in the world such as by the British Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Isezaki Jun (b. 1936) Exhibits

Selected Exhibitions

Asia Week, New York, US
SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US
Creating Handicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition, Wako, Tokyo, Japan
The Three-Cornered World, Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US
Solo exhibition, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, British Museum, London, UK
Beauty of Japanese Ceramics for 100 Years’ Exhibition, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Japan
Charm of Bizen Pottery Exhibition, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Kasama, Japan
Traditional Beauty of Bizen Pottery for 1000 years Exhibition, Musée National de Céramique, Paris, France

Selected Public Collection

British Museum, London, UK; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, US; Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan; Musée de Sèvres, Sèvres, France; Canterbury Museum, New Zealand