Isezaki Jun Japanese, Living National Treasure, b. 1936

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. 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. The artist therefore emphasizes the importance of the placement of his works inside the kiln, the firing process bringing out unexpected beauty. 

 

Selected Exhibitions

2014–2018 Asia Week, New York, US | SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US
2014 Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US
2008 Solo exhibition, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany 
2007 Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, British Museum, London, UK
2006 Beauty of Japanese Ceramics for 100 Years’ Exhibition, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Japan
1997 Traditional Beauty of Bizen Pottery for 1000 years Exhibition, Musée National de Céramique, Paris, France
Selected Public Collections
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