Contemporary Bizen: Isezaki Jun & Isezaki Koichiro

Father and Son Perspective on 800 Years of Tradition

November 14 – December 5, 2020

Koichiro Isezaki

Yo, 2020

Stoneware

16.93h x 12.20w x 12.20d in

KI017

SOLD

 

Koichiro Isezaki

Pulse, 2020

Stoneware

11.81h x 6.38w x 5.31d in

KI018

$ 1,700.00

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Jun Isezaki

Man-nen (Ten Thousand Years)

Stoneware

17.13h x 7.48w x 5.91d in

JI009

SOLD

Jun Isezaki

Fu-setsu (Wind and Snow)

Stoneware

19.29h x 11.02w x 6.69d in

JI004

POR

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Koichiro Isezaki

Yo, 2020

9.06h x 12.68w x 10.24d in

KI021

SOLD

Koichiro Isezaki

Stout Ridge Jar, 2020

Stoneware

13.78h x 21.65w x 21.65d in

KI045

$ 8,000.00

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Jun Isezaki

Black Rectangular Vase

Stoneware

10.63h x 4.06w x 4.06d in

JI011

$ 6,500.00

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Jun Isezaki

Vase with Holes

Stoneware

12.60h x 5.12w x 4.33d in

JI010

$ 7,600.00

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Koichiro Isezaki

Pulse, 2020

Stoneware

12.28h x 6.18w x 5.28d in

KI025

SOLD

Jun Isezaki

Bird

Stoneware

6.89h x 6.50w x 4.33d in

JI013

$ 5,600.00

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Jun Isezaki

Vase, Patterned Ash and Slip

Stoneware

9.84h x 6.30w x 6.30d in

JI012

$ 12,500.00

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Jun Isezaki

Rectangular Vase, Ash & Moons

Stoneware

20.47h x 9.25w x 7.48d in

JI005

POR

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Koichiro Isezaki

Pulse, 2020

Stoneware

10.71h x 4.92w x 4.13d in

KI026

$ 1,350.00

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Koichiro Isezaki

Yo, 2020

Stoneware

12.99h x 10.43w x 10.16d in

KI020

SOLD

Koichiro Isezaki

Yo, 2020

Stoneware

12.01h x 12.60w x 11.42d in

KI019

$ 3,000.00

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Jun Isezaki

Incense Burner, 2 part box

6.50h x 7.28w x 3.74d in

JI014

$ 5,600.00

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Jun Isezaki

Jar, Furrowed with Rice Straw

Stoneware

12.80h x 11.42w x 11.42d in

JI006

$ 15,200.00

Jun Isezaki

Black Round Platter with Rice Straw

Stoneware

21.46h x 21.46w x 2.56d in

JI007

$ 24,500.00

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Jun Isezaki

Long Regular Platter, Rice Straw

Stoneware

11.81h x 25w x 3.46d in

JI008

$ 12,500.00

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Jun Isezaki

Tea Bowl with Rice Straw

3.94h x 4.53w x 4.53d in

JI017

$ 8,500.00

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Jun Isezaki

Black and Tan Faceted Tea Bowl

3.74h x 4.72w x 4.72d in

JI015

$ 11,300.00

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Jun Isezaki

Sake Cup, White Spots, Ash Drips

Stoneware

2.95h x 2.76w x 2.76d in

JI018

SOLD

Jun Isezaki

Sake Cup, Rice Straw

Stoneware

2.76h x 2.76w x 2.76d in

JI020

SOLD

Jun Isezaki

Sake Cup with Ash

Stoneware

2.95h x 2.76w x 2.76d in

JI019

$ 2,800.00

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Jun Isezaki

Black Tea Bowl

3.74h x 5.12w x 5.12d in

JI016

$ 11,300.00

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Koichiro Isezaki

Black Tea Bowl, 2020

Stoneware

4.02h x 5.79w x 5.39d in

KI032

$1700

 

Koichiro Isezaki

Black Tea Bowl, 2020

Stoneware

3.27h x 6.10w x 6.10d in

KI033

$ 1,700.00

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Koichiro Isezaki

White Tea Bowl, 2020

Stoneware

3.94h x 5.43w x 5.43d in

KI034

$ 1,700.00
ON HOLD

 

Koichiro Isezaki

White Tea Bowl, 2020

Stoneware

3.74h x 5.83w x 5.83d in

KI035

$ 1,700.00

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Koichiro Isezaki

Black Sake Cup, 2020

Stoneware

2.20h x 3.31w x 3.31d in

KI037

SOLD

Koichiro Isezaki

Black Sake Cup, 2020

Stoneware

2.28h x 3.23w x 3.23d in

KI040

SOLD

Koichiro Isezaki

Black Sake Cup, 2020

Stoneware

2.28h x 3.54w x 3.54d in

KI039

$ 360.00

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Koichiro Isezaki

Sake Cup, 2020

Stoneware

2.68h x 3.15w x 3.15d in

KI041

SOLD

Koichiro Isezaki

White Sake Cup, 2020

Stoneware

2.13h x 3.43w x 3.43d in

KI043

$ 360.00

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Koichiro Isezaki

White Sake Cup, 2020

Stoneware

1.97h x 3.50w x 3.50d in

KI044

$ 360.00

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Koichiro Isezaki

White Sake Cup, 2020

Stoneware

2.28h x 3.58w x 3.58d in

KI042

SOLD

 

Koichiro Isezaki

Ridged Jar, 2020

Stoneware

5.98h x 8.90w x 8.90d in

KI023

SOLD

Koichiro Isezaki

Ridged Water Jar, 2020

Stoneware

7.20h x 9.72w x 9.72d in

KI024

$ 2,280.00

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Koichiro Isezaki

Black Ridged Jar, 2020

Stoneware

8.27h x 14.57w x 14.57d in

KI022

SOLD

Koichiro Isezaki

Vessel, 2020

Stoneware

5.63h x 9.21w x 5.28d in

KI027

SOLD

Koichiro Isezaki

Vessel, 2020

Stoneware

4.88h x 7.60w x 4.72d in

KI028

SOLD

Press Release

Lucy Lacoste Gallery is honored to present Contemporary Bizen: Isezaki Jun and Isezaki Koichiro featuring the Living National Treasure of Bizen, Isezaki Jun, and his trailblazing son Isezaki Koichiro exhibiting together for the first time November 14 – December 5, 2020. 

The town of Imbe in Bizen province has a ceramic history going back 800 years and is considered the site of one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan.  Today walking around the town, known for its Bizen pottery, it is not unusual to see smoke rising through the air, from one of the town’s 300 or so wood-firing kilns.

Traditional Bizen ware has a rustic quality and played a role in the development of the tea ceremony.  It is made with a sticky, fine clay, dug from the rice paddies, which does not hold a glaze well.  Much of the work is wheel thrown and relies on surface effects from falling ash, rice straw markings and the artful stacking of the wood burning kiln to block out or enhance certain areas.

The Isezaki family live in a secluded compound that includes housing for both artists and their families, individual studios and multiple kilns. One of these kilns was an ancient climbing kiln that was brought back to life by Isezaki Jun’s father, Isezaki Yozan, one of the early great Bizen sculptors of the 20th century (1902 -1961). 

Isezaki Jun (b. 1936) the fifth Living National Treasure of Bizen is considered one of the foremost masters of the Bizen style. While using the traditional Bizen clay and incorporating the Bizen firing techniques, his vessels demonstrate unique, one of a kind details of form. Often, they are slab-built. Fu-setsu (Wind and Snow) and Man-nen (Ten Thousand Years), are both contemporary works of ceramic sculptural art.  Iseazki Jun has been featured in several major exhibitions at Lucy Lacoste Gallery and was the master to Kakurezaki Ryuichi, the legendary avant garde ceramic artist. According to Isezaki Jun, the true meaning of tradition is continued renewal “creating something new that represents the present and tradition in equal measure.” 

The works of Isezaki Jun can be found in the British Museum London, UK; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA; the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; among select other public and private collections.

Isezaki Koichiro b. 1974 is represented by Lucy Lacoste Gallery and has shown here many times.  He went to art school at Tokyo Sculptural University where he was making wood sculpture. One day, thinking about how material effects the work and the artist’s mind, he said “what about clay”.  He made a conscious decision to become a ceramic artist, realizing he could do everything he wanted to do with clay. He then apprenticed with the American potter Jeff Shapiro who had been mentored by his dad.  As a result, his work has a certain freedom and creativity.

While his work contains elements of the traditional, it leaps to the contemporary. He seeks personal expression, an impetus made stronger by awareness of history.

The innovative, sculptural Yo series by Koichiro Isezaki came from his realizations while making tea bowls. Curious about the inside air and outside air, he wondered if there is a form that can feel space (inside) by form (outside).  And then he started to bend and squash vessels.  The vessels have hollowness.  He believes the inner world and the outer world connect to each other and this relationship is a universal truth. Above all, he wants people to feel the living, breathing atmosphere from these pieces which have a sense of movement implied.

As Mr. Shapiro, a noted international ceramic artist writes: ‘Koichiro maintains the tradition of Bizen by giving attention and respect to the natural clays from the area and utilizing the traditional firing techniques. Yet Koichiro has surpassed those parameters and has chosen to evolve as an artist by constantly pushing the direction of his work in new ways. Working in the studio complex of his father Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun, Koichiro is carrying on the ‘tradition’ that Jun has established, but his innovations on form and surface have truly become his own.”

 

Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun and his trailblazing son Isezaki Koichiro will be speaking live from their studio in Bizen, Japan Sunday, November 15th at 5pm EST. Moderated by renowned ceramicist Jeff Shapiro, hosted by Lucy Lacoste, and translation by Chris Field.

Please email info@lucylacoste.com for the Zoom Roundtable link.

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