Born in Inbe, Bizen in 1970,
Kyo was an apprentice to Kouichi Shibaoka from 1989 to 1993.
He was also an apprentice to his father, Mitsuru Isezaki, from 1993 to 1999.
In 1999, he left his father’s apprenticeship to start his own Bizen-ware studio.
Born in Inbe, Bizen in 1996,
Shu is Kyo’s son and apprentice.
Bizen ware is one of the most famous forms of pottery in all of Japan.
It has a history dating back over 1,000 years.
The practice of Bizen ware was declared a part of Japanese Heritage in 2017.
It is pottery produced without any glaze.
This pottery is fired with pine wood in a kiln for 7 to 14 consecutive days.
Many factors such as ash,
fire and positioning give Bizen ware unique patterns and colors;
no two products will ever look the same.
Bizen ware is valued for its aesthetic charm,
as well as its practicality.