photo Jun Isezaki

Jun Isezaki

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Ceramic
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    TOBI, the Ceramic Art Society of Japan
  • Status
    Living National Treasure
    (Important Intangible Cultural Property:Bizen ware)

Career

  • 1936
    Born as the second son of ceramic artist ISEZAKI Yozan in 2207 Inbe, Bizen City, Okayama Prefecture
  • 1959
    Graduated from the Special Department of Art in the Faculty of Education at the Okayama University. Studied ceramics together with his brother Mitsuru under his father ISEZAKI Yozan
  • 1960
    Worked as a teacher in Bizen High School from September to March of the following year
  • 1961
    His father passed away in February. Established a semi-underground anagama kiln with his brother in May
    Two-men exhibition in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka
    Submitted to the 8th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1966
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1971
    Toured Europe
  • 1975
    Submitted to the “Bizen Millenium Exhibition” hosted by Mainichi Shimbun
  • 1976
    Submitted to the “Japanese Bizen Wares Hagi Exhibition” hosted by the Tokyo Shimbun and the Gotoh Museum
  • 1978
    Lecturer at the Special Department of Art in the Faculty of Education at the Okayama University (up until 1987)
  • 1979
    Toured the USA
  • 1981
    Invited to submit to the “Contemporary Japanese Ceramics Exhibition” at the National Museum of History, Taiwan
  • 1982
    Visited India
    Invited to submit to the “Contemporary Japanese Ceramics Exhibition” at the Hong Kong Urban Council and the Hong Kong Museum of Art
  • 1983
    Invited to submit to the 1st Japan Traditional Art Crafts Selection Exhibition hosted by Mainichi Shimbun
  • 1985
    Produced a ceramic mural for the Seishin Gakuen 100th Anniversary Memorial Hall
  • 1986
    Submitted to the “Kazuo Yagi Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition”
  • 1989
    Produced a ceramic mural for the Kobe University of Commerce entrance hall
  • 1992
    Produced a ceramic mural for the Okayama Sanyo Hospital Fujisaki-en
  • 1997
    Submitted to the “Bizen Wares – a Thousand Years of Traditional Beauty Exhibition” (Musée National de Céramique)
  • 1998
    Director at the Japan Kogei Association
    Chief Secretary at the Japan Kogei Association Chugoku Branch
    Designated as an Okayama Prefectural Important Intangible Cultural Property
  • 2002
    Produced a ceramic mural for the new Prime Minister’s Office of Japan
  • 2003
    Submitted to the “Crafting Modern Beauty in Japan Exhibition” (Japan Traditional Art Crafts 50th Anniversary Exhibition)
  • 2004
    Submitted to the “Charm of Bizen Wares Exhibition” at the Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
    Designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property
  • 2005
    “Bizen, Light of Clay and Flame, Jun Isezaki” was published by Sanyo Shimbun
  • 2006
    Submitted to the “Japanese Ceramics – 100 Years of Beauty Exhibition” at the Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
    Submitted to the Living National Treasure Exhibition hosted by NHK, and toured around the country
    Family exhibition at Boston, USA
    Supported by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard University, and Japan Society
    Produced a ceramic mural for the entrance hall of the new Sanyo Shimbun office building
  • 2007
    Submitted to the “Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan – Celebrating 50 Years of the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition” at the British Museum
  • 2008
    Solo exhibition in Heidelberg and Frankfurt Museum of Arts & Crafts, Germany
    Executive Director at the Japan Kogei Association
  • 2011
    Solo exhibition in Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2012
    Solo exhibition titled “Listening to the Voice of the Earth” at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
  • 2013
    4-men Living National Treasure Exhibition in London, UK

Award

  • 1981
    Received the Kaneshige Toyo Award
  • 1987
    Received the Excellence Award at the Tanabe Museum of Art “Arts of the Tea Ceremony” Exhibition
  • 1993
    Received the Okayama Cultural Incentive Award
  • 1996
    Received the Sanyo Shimbun Award (Cultural Service)
  • 2004
    Received the Okayama Prefecture Miki Memorial Award
  • 2005
    Received the Okayama Cultural Award