BIZEN REVISTED

Isezaki Jun, Kakurezaki Ryuichi, Jeff Shapiro, Tim Rowan, Isezaki Koichiro

November 5 – December 3, 2022

Bizen Revisted Sake Set in Custum Wooden Box, 2022

8 Sets Available

$ 2,750.00 (includes shipping)

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Jun Isezaki

Bird

Stoneware

6.89h x 6.50w x 4.33d in

JI013

$ 4,500.00

Jun Isezaki

Vase, Patterned Ash and Slip

Stoneware

9.84h x 6.30w x 6.30d in

JI012

$ 9,500.00

Koichiro Isezaki

Yo, 2022

12.99h x 11.42w x 13.98d in

KI077

$3,600

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Koichiro Isezaki

Yo, 2022

10.43h x 11.61w x 10.43d in

KI078

$2,800

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Koichiro Isezaki

Yo, 2022

7.72h x 11.81w x 9.69d in

KI079

$2,800

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Koichiro Isezaki

Jar, 2022

8.11h x 10.51w x 10.51d in

KI080

SOLD

Koichiro Isezaki

Vase, 2022

11.81h x 6.18w x 5.12d in

KI081

$1,600.00

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Koichiro Isezaki

Yo, 2022

12.20h x 5.24w x 4.72d in

KI082

SOLD

Jun Isezaki

Man-nen (Ten Thousand Years)

Stoneware

17.13h x 7.48w x 5.91d in

JI009

SOLD

Jun Isezaki

FU-SETSU Series, 2022

13.39h x 8.27w x 4.92d in

JI023

SOLD

Jun Isezaki

Black Rectangular Vase, 2022

10.71h x 4.88w x 4.02d in

JI024

SOLD

Jun Isezaki

Black Round Platter with Rice Straw

Stoneware

21.46h x 21.46w x 2.56d in

JI007

$ 18,000.00

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Jun Isezaki

Rectangular Vase, Ash & Moons

Stoneware

20.47h x 9.25w x 7.48d in

JI005

$ 22,000.00

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Kakurezaki Ryuichi

Black Hiruko, 2022

16.54h x 8.27w x 6.69d in

RK012

$3,800

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Kakurezaki Ryuichi

Flower vase, Bizen Ware, Una Mistura (small, 2022

17.91h x 7.09w x 6.30d in

RK005

$ 4,800.00

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Kakurezaki Ryuichi

Eared Flower vase, Bizen Ware, 2022

13.54h x 7.36w x 6.38d in

RK006

SOLD

Kakurezaki Ryuichi

Black Dance, 2022

10.71h x 8.43w x 8.43d in

RK007

$ 3,500.00

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Kakurezaki Ryuichi

Jinmu, 2019

40h x 14.20w x 12d in

RK008

SOLD

Jun Isezaki

Seed, 2022

10.24h x 5.04w x 5.04d in

JI026

$ 3,500.00

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Jun Isezaki

Untitled, 2022

3.94h x 14.25w x 5.98d in

JI025

$ 4,200.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Wood-fired Sculpture, 2022

JES162

$ 1,600.00

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Jeff Shapiro

From the Ice Flow Series, 2022

JES163

SOLD

Jeff Shapiro

Ice Flow Series, 2022

11.50h x 4w in

JES171

SOLD

Jeff Shapiro

Oribe Reborn Sculpture, 2022

22.50h x 7w in

JES174

SOLD

Jeff Shapiro

Black Sculpture with Fluting, 2022

24h x 6w in

JES175

$ 4,200.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Tall Wood Fired Figurative Sculpture with Ash Glaze, 2022

30.50h x 7.50w in

JES176

$ 4,400.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Half-Moon Sculpture, 2022

JES164

$ 2,200.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Cone with Shark Skin and Drips, 2022

13h x 10.50w in

JES177

$ 2,500.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Oribe Platter, 2022

JES172

$ 2,800.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Oribe Reborn Sculpture, 2022

8.50h x 8w in

JES170

$ 1,800.00

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Jeff Shapiro

"Tea Pot", 2022

6.50h x 8w in

JES169

SOLD

Jeff Shapiro

Thrown and Altered Form, 2022

9h x 5w in

JES167

$ 800.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Thrown and Altered Form, 2022

9h x 5.50w in

JES166

SOLD

Jeff Shapiro

Thrown and Altered Form, 2022

9h x 5w in

JES168

$ 800.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Wood-Fired Platter, 2022

JES173

$ 2,400.00

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Tim Rowan

Sculptural Vessel, 2022

TR051

SOLD

Tim Rowan

Vessel, 2022

9h x 5.50w in

TR052

$ 750.00

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Tim Rowan

Vessel, 2022

9h x 5w in

TR053

$ 900.00

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Tim Rowan

Vessel, 2022

10h x 8w in

TR054

$ 1,600.00

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Tim Rowan

Vessel, 2022

8.50h x 8w in

TR055

$ 900.00

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Tim Rowan

Vessel, 2022

9.50h x 9w in

TR056

$ 1,200.00

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Tim Rowan

Box, 2022

6h x 5.25w in

TR057

$ 750.00

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Tim Rowan

Box, 2022

4.50h x 4w in

TR058

$ 400.00

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Tim Rowan

Box, 2022

3.25h x 3.50w in

TR059

$350.00

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Tim Rowan

Box, 2022

4.50h x 4w in

TR060

SOLD

Tim Rowan

Box, 2022

3.50h x 3w in

TR061

275.00

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Tim Rowan

Box, 2022

4h x 3w in

TR062

$350.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Sea Creature

9h x 11w in

JES165

SOLD

Kakurezaki Ryuichi

Black Teabowl, Una Mistura, 2022

3.54h x 5.12w x 5.12d in

RK009

$ 3,800.00

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Jun Isezaki

Black Teabowl, 2022

3.94h x 4.84w x 4.84d in

JI027

$8,400

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Jun Isezaki

Hidasuki Teabowl, 2022

3.62h x 4.33w x 4.33d in

JI028

$ 6,000.00

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Kakurezaki Ryuichi

Oribe Glazed Teabowl, Una Mistura, 2022

3.62h x 5.04w x 4.72d in

RK013

$ 3,400.00

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Koichiro Isezaki

Black Teabowl, 2022

3.94h x 6.18w x 6.18d in

KI083

SOLD

Koichiro Isezaki

White Teabowl, 2022

3.35h x 6.38w x 6.38d in

KI084

$1,400.00

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Jun Isezaki

Sake Cup, 2022

3.15h x 2.64w x 2.64d in

JI031

$ 1,400.00

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Jun Isezaki

Sake Cup, 2022

3.15h x 2.64w x 2.64d in

JI032

$ 1,400.00

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Jun Isezaki

Black Sake Cup, 2022

3.07h x 2.76w x 2.76d in

JI029

$ 2,500.00

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Jun Isezaki

Yohen Sake Cup, 2022

3.15h x 2.68w x 2.68d in

JI030

$ 2,250.00

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Kakurezaki Ryuichi

Bizen Sake Cup, Una Mistura, 2022

3.39h x 2.48w in

RK014

$ 600.00

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Kakurezaki Ryuichi

Bizen Sake Cup, Una Mistura, 2022

3.15h x 2.36w in

RK015

SOLD

Kakurezaki Ryuichi

Oribe Glazed Sake cup, Una Mistura, 2022

1.93h x 3.03w x 3.03d in

RK011

SOLD

Kakurezaki Ryuichi

Black Sake cup, Una Mistura, 2022

1.89h x 3.03w x 3.15d in

RK010

SOLD

Koichiro Isezaki

Black Sake Cup, 2022

2.20h x 3.23w x 3.23d in

KI085

SOLD

Koichiro Isezaki

Black Sake Cup, 2022

2.24h x 3.15w x 3.15d in

KI086

$375

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Koichiro Isezaki

Hidasuki Sake Cup, 2022

2.52h x 2.83w x 2.83d in

KI088

SOLD

Koichiro Isezaki

Yohen Sake Cup, 2022

2.36h x 2.91w x 2.91d in

KI087

SOLD

 

Jeff Shapiro

Sake Cup, 2022

JES184

$ 250.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Sake Cup, 250

JES185

$ 250.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Sake Cup, 2022

JES186

$ 250.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Sake Cup, 2022

JES187

$ 250.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Sake Cup, 2022

JES188

$ 250.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Sake Cup, 2022

JES189

$ 250.00

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Tim Rowan

Sake Cup, 2022

2h x 2w in

TR063

$ 175.00

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Tim Rowan

Sake Cup, 2022

2.25h x 2.50w in

TR064

$ 175.00

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Tim Rowan

Sake Cup, 2022

3h x 4w in

TR068

$ 175.00

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Tim Rowan

Sake Cup, 2022

2h x 2.25w in

TR067

$ 175.00

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Tim Rowan

Sake Cup, 2022

2h x 2w in

TR066

$ 175.00

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Tim Rowan

Tea Cup, 2022

3h x 3.50w in

TR065

$ 350.00

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Tim Rowan

Tea Cup, 2022

3h x 3.50w in

TR070

$ 350.00

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Tim Rowan

Tea Cup, 2022

2.75h x 3.50w in

TR069

$ 350.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Tea Bowl, 2022

4h x 5w in

JES178

$ 1,000.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Tea Bowl, 2022

3.50h x 5w in

JES182

$ 1,000.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Tea Bowl, 2022

3.50h x 5.50w in

JES181

$ 1,000.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Tea Bowl, 2022

4h x 4.50w in

JES180

$ 1,000.00

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Jeff Shapiro

Tea Bowl, 2022

3.50h x 5w in

JES179

$ 1,000.00

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Press Release

Five ceramic artists with ties to Bizen are showing at Lucy Lacoste Gallery in BIZEN REVISITED, November 5 - December 3, 2022 in Concord, MA. This is a lineage exhibition bringing together, for a second time, the internationally renowned artists of Generational Crossroads: Bizen Evolution, a historic exhibition which took place 16 years earlier at the same location. The artists—three Japanese and two American -- are Isezaki Jun, Living National Treasure of Bizen; Kakurezaki Ryuichi, once an apprentice to Isezaki Jun and now a star of the Japanese art scene; Jeff Shapiro, mentored by Isezaki Jun and colleague of Kakurezaki; Tim Rowan, who apprenticed with Kakurezaki; and Isezaki Koichiro, Jun’s son who apprenticed with Jeff Shapiro. Each artist has maintained a vibrant approach to their work that, can be seen in the evolution of this important exhibition at Lucy Lacoste Gallery.

While Generational Crosssroads in 2006 highlighted the teacher/apprentice relationship as a way of teaching art, Bizen Revisited shows the artists as equals thriving and continuing to evolve artistically. Each was asked to present five pieces that represent their newest works, as well as a selection of teabowls and sake cups. This historic exhibition is marked by a commemorative sake set with one cup by each of the five artists, in a custom designed box that is signed and stamped by the artists.

Bizen, a province in Japan, is known for a style of pottery making going back thousands of years in which the elements of clay and fire are foremost, and pots are fired unadorned in a wood-burning kiln. According to Isezaki Jun, the current Living National Treasure of Bizen, “Pottery begins with clay. This is the essential and most basic element of the ceramic production. To this the artist brings wisdom, experience, and technique, and then it is given to the element of fire to complete the process. I believe that as a ceramic artist it is most important to become free. The work must express and take the form of the spirit and soul of the creator.”

Like the Generational Crossroads exhibition, Bizen Revisited pays homage to Isezaki Jun, sensei, as source of the teaching of tradition, communicating the importance of clay and fire as the most important elements of pottery and his belief that as a ceramic artist, it is most important to become free.

Isezaki Jun was born in 1936 in Okayama Prefecture, Japan and graduated from Okayama University.  With his brother, Mitsuru and father Yozan, one of the great 20th century sculptor-potters, he reconstructed and fired an ancient anagama kiln. After traveling world-wide and winning many awards, Isezaki Jun became the fifth Living National Treasure of Bizen in 2004 and 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 and are often hand-formed.  During his career, he has been most welcoming to apprentices, both men and women, from Japan and beyond. 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.

According to Isezaki Jun, the true meaning of tradition is continued renewal “creating something new that represents the present and tradition in equal measure.”

Kakurezaki Ryuichi, born in 1950 in Fukue, Nagasaki, is highly celebrated in Japan, an artist whose exhibitions sell out within hours.  Growing up in Nagasaki on the island of Kyushu from a non-pottery making family gives him a certain freedom as the outsider, a mantel he wears well.  After graduating from Osaka University of Arts Design department, Kakurezaki initially worked for a design company. Once he encountered Bizen pottery, he shifted his direction. After a long apprenticeship with Isezaki Jun, Kakurezaki went on to become one of the most experimental potters in Japan, inspiring other potters and establishing a standard of creativity all his own. He now lives in Imbe, Bizen where he built his first kiln in 1984.  Kakurezaki has been awarded numerous prizes in Japan and his work has been exhibited at diverse galleries and museums both in Japan and overseas. Recently Kakurezaki was made Prefectural Cultural Treasure, a step before Living National Treasure.

“Japanese pottery is handed down from generation to generation with a constant awareness of contemporariness based upon tradition. Perhaps in America they are separate but in the Japanese way, progressive thought and tradition coexist as the front and back of the same page.” - Kakurezaki Ryuichi

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

While his work includes respect for the natural clays from the area and utilizes the traditional firing techniques, it leaps to the contemporary. Always he seeks personal expression, an impetus made stronger, by awareness of history.

“Fire often oozes out from the back and forth between materials and processes and in that interaction, you discover yourself and find your own direction. These days, I feel that the whole process is like a ‘living creature’.  Put yourself in the flow, ride the flow, sometimes be swept away and sometimes resist.  Don’t lose sight of your true purpose.”  - Isezaki Koichiro

Jeff Shapiro was born in the Bronx, NY in 1949. He presently works and lives in upstate NY with his wife Hinako. Shapiro studied ceramic arts while living in Japan for nine years from 1973-1981. His work has been exhibited internationally in: Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, England, and Japan and can be found in numerous museum collections including: The Carlo Zauli Museum, Faenza, Italy; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; The Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; The Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA. Shapiro has given workshops and seminars in many countries around the world and has built two wood fire kilns in Italy. In addition, he is known for the in-depth tours he leads to artist studios in Japan.

“I ‘look’ with the intent of perceiving the artistic elements of what I am viewing rather than the intellectual dissection of information. To that end, I want to be moved and inspired, and respond to the experiences I encounter. Though I am predominantly working in the wood fire genre at present, I choose to utilize whatever technique, tool or process necessary to best resolve the finished work.”  - Jeff Shapiro

Tim Rowan was born in 1967 in New York City and grew up in Connecticut along the shore of Long Island Sound.  His art education began during college, receiving a BFA from The State University of New York at New Paltz before journeying to Japan for 2 years to apprentice with Kakurezaki Ryuichi. Upon his return he worked briefly in studios in Massachusetts and New York before receiving his MFA from The Pennsylvania State University. Rowan established his kiln and studio deep in the woods of the Hudson Valley in 2000, where he lives with his wife and son.  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.

“Ideas about originality or making something new are not what concern me, but rather making work that is representative of myself and my personal experience. The deeper I search in trying to come to some understanding of this existence and my own journey the more what I make takes on its own life.  I see my current work as an extension of what I had been making 16 years ago. It's an exploration of clay, form, and fire where the artificial and the natural intersect.”  - Tim Rowan

Education has always been a mission of Bizen, as it has been for Lucy Lacoste Gallery. We are pleased to present to the public this international exhibition showing the evolution of these five world-class artists springing from the long, expansive history of Bizen, and beyond.

Lucy Lacoste notes on this exhibition:  Generational Crossroads, 2006, was a seminal exhibition for Lacoste Gallery, perhaps the greatest.  I had to paint my gallery black; they were doing a movie on Jun, so a film crew came from Japan; and it became the gateway to Japan and showing all the great artists whom we met through Jeff Shapiro. Bizen Revisited honors that exhibition and the continued evolution of the artists involved as well as our friendship with them.  I am forever grateful.

Bizen Revisited, was honored by a panel discussion with Koichiro Isezaki, Jeff Shapiro and Tim Rowan hosted by the Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord, MA. The panel was be moderated by the noted Judith S. Schwartz, PhD, NYU Professor Emeritus; author of Confrontational Ceramics; Curator of national and international touring exhibitions; juror to national and international exhibitions. Trustee, Howard Kottler Trust, former Vice President, International Academy of Ceramics, Honorary member of NCECA and teaching excellence awardee.

"It was my desire and purpose for the discussion with the reunited artists of the Bizen Revisited exhibition to illuminate their evolution over the past years, uncover changes in their thinking, work patterns, and perceptions. It became apparent that while their connections and friendships have not changed, their work has taken new direction, greater risk and they collectively showed objects of uncommon beauty and inspired presence." – Judith S. Schwartz

View our Bizen Revisited show catalogue

 

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