Isezaki Shin (*1965)

Bizen Tsubo with Running Ash Glaze

Inv. Nr. #20.013
Date Early 21th C.
Material Ash glazed stoneware
Dimensions H 24,5 x Diam. 24,5 cm

Comes with fitted, signed and sealed wooden box and sealed wrapping cloth.

Born in 1965 as second son of Isezaki Mitsuru (1934-2011), Important Intangible Cultural Property of Okayama, and as nephew of Isezaki Jun (*1936), Living National Treasure, it seems just natural, that Isezaki Shin inherited much of his talent from his predecessors to become one of the most promising Bizen potters of our time. Many of his works bearing the old traditional Bizen techniques which are interpreted in a fresh, lively and modern way.

 

Here comes a globular flower vase in style of a traditional storage jar, but with smaller, elegantly shaped mouth. The upper half of the vessel is covered by a brownish natural ash glaze, that melted and run in long streams down the vessel's front. In Japanese, this effect is compared with the stripes of traditional bamboo shades that were decorated with pearls (tamadare). The description of the vase is therefore inscribed on its fitted wooden box by Isezaki Shin as: Bizen tamadare tsubo  備前玉垂壺. The box is signed and sealed: Shin 紳 and the vessel is marked underneath with the potter's mark.

 

Isezaki Shin works independently in his own kiln since 1999 and has been awarded many times for his traditional pottery production as well as for his progressive exploration of new Bizen techniques and firing methods. He has been accepted as a full member of the Nihon Kōgei Kai (Japan Arts and Crafts Association).