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 inhereted 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 traditonal Bizen techniques which are interpreted in a fresh, lively and modern way. Just like in this tea caddy with classic botamochi or 'rice cake' decor, Isezaki did not use a single lump of clay to produce one large reserve on the front, but three small firing supports that has left a very colorful, almost playful pattern on the vessel's wall.
Isezaki Shin works independently in his own kiln since 1999 and has been awarded many times for his traditonal 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 Kôgei Kai (Japan Arts and Crafts Association).
This exceptional tea caddy is marked underneath and comes with a large, fitted wooden box and two silk pouches. The box has an inscription by Isezaki Shin: Bizen katashiki chaire 備前肩衝茶入 (Bizen tea caddy with distinct shoulders) and is signed: Shin 紳.