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LNT Isezaki Jun Contemporary Bizen Vase
Please refer to our stock # 1554 when inquiring.
A startling form by Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Burijingu-kurei Hanaike (Bizen Breathing Clay Vase). The color varies from an almost raw clay to matte dark char in an almost random manner about the swirling surface. It is quite heavy, the walls very thick, comfortable even with large branches or floral sprays. It is 20.5 cm (8 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Isezaki Jun was born the second son to the prominent Bizen family of Isezaki Yozan. With his older brother Mitsuru he studied the plastic arts under the fierce tutelage of his father. He has displayed consistently at the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (National Japanese Crafts Exhibition) since 1961 and was recipient of the coveted Kaneshige Toyo prize. It was Jun who took up the work of Kaneshige Toyo upon his death, continuing to revitalize and innovate, combining functional forms and modern sculptural shapes. He was the teacher of a host of important artists including Kakurezaki Ryuichi, Wakimoto Hiroyuki and American artists Donna Gilliss among dozens of others. He was named a Living National Treasure (Juyo Mukei Bunkazai or Intangible cultural property) in 2004.
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