Koichiro Isezaki

1974 Born in Bizen City, Okayama Prefecture

1994 Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University, Department of Sculpture

1998 Studied under ceramic artist Jeff Shapiro in New York

2000 Studied under father Jun Isezaki, Important Intangible Cultural

Property (Living National Treasure)

2003 Became independent.

Awarded many prizes including the Ceramic Society of Japan Award

Full member of the Japan Crafts Association


Entered the University of Art and Design to study sculpture.In the process of studying sculpture, a desire to "work with the power of the material" was born.

He began to wonder about pottery, which had always been close to him since he was born.He became interested in pottery, which had always been close to him since his birth, and started his career as a potter.

He began to learn about the nature of clay and to make the best use of its energy. He creates unique three-dimensional forms as if he were having a jazz session with the clay.

The representative production area of Bizen Pottery is the Inbe district of Bizen City, located in the eastern part of Okayama Prefecture.

Bizen Pottery is the oldest pottery among the "Six Old Kilns of Japan". Its roots date back to the Kofun period. Bizen Pottery is an extremely simple pottery that does not use any glaze and is not painted.

Fired at a high temperature of 1200-1300 degrees Celsius, patterns are created by the nature of the clay, the way the kiln is filled, temperature changes in the kiln, ashes and charcoal during firing, and other factors.

The handmade surface is attractive, and the more it is used, the more it changes.



Awarded the 2022 Ceramic Society of Japan Prize