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An unparalleled set of 5 unique guinomi by 5 international stars of the Bizen world, Isezaki Jun, Jeff Shapiro, Kakurezaki Ryuichi, Tim Rowan, and Isezaki Koichiro.  Each piece embodies the innovative qualities of the various artists themselves, shapes, textures, kiln effects, glazes…a new experience for every night of the week. The come enclosed in a wooden box titled Shuki individually stamped by each artist.  This is without a doubt a once in a lifetime opportunity following the lineage of the Isezaki family as it branches out into the 21st century!
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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.
Jeff Shapiro was born in New York in 1949. He studied ceramics in Japan from 1973 to 1980, returning to America to build an Anagama kiln in New York in 1981. Works by him are held in numerous American Museums, including Museum of Ceramic Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Fuller Museum. He has also been commissioned by the New York Metropolitan for its Japan Gallery. There is an abundance of published information on the artist including the 1998 “Ceramics and Beyond”, by Dai Ichi Arts and the 1995 “Yakimono Sanka – In Praise of Ceramics”, by Robert Yellen Tim Rowan was born in 1967 in New York City and grew up in Connecticut along the shore of Long Island Sound.  After receiving a BFA from The State University of New York at New Paltzin 1992 he apprenticed with ceramic artist Kakurezaki Ryuichi for two years in Japan. Upon his return he worked briefly in studios in Massachusetts and New York before receiving his MFA from The Pennsylvania State University.  His works are seen internationally in solo and group exhibitions and in museum collections, including the Currier Art Museum in Manchester, NH, and the Fuller Craft Museum, in Brockton, MA. Tim was awarded the prestigious Janet Mansfield Ceramic Award from the International Ceramic Magazine Editors Association in 2013 and most recently the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant, 2015.
Isezaki Koichiro was born the son of living national treasure Isezaki Jun.  He graduated the sculpture department of Tokyo Zokei University and then apprenticed under American artist Jeff Shapiro, incorporating much blending of western and eastern thought into his work.  He returned to Japan in 2000 to work under his father, and was first accepted into the Tanabe museum Sculptrual forms in Tea Exhibition two years later.