Boat-shaped vase by Kazuya Ishida, beautiful as a display piece.  The textures on the surface speak to the ripples on water, while the form echos the shape of a boat or a canoe for one.
Boat-shaped vase by Kazuya Ishida, beautiful as a display piece.  The textures on the surface speak to the ripples on water, while the form echos the shape of a boat or a canoe for one. Image angled 45 dgrees.
Top down shot of boat-shaped display vase
Close up of boat-shaped vase showcasing the details of the surface textures.
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Brown Boat-Shaped Display Vase

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Boat-shaped vase by Kazuya Ishida, beautiful as a display piece. The textures on the surface speak to the ripples on water, while the form echos the shape of a boat or a canoe for one.

The making of...

Kazuya's pieces prominently feature the technique of brushing white slip (effectively liquid clay) to the exterior surface of a piece, then passing a large blow torch slowly and rhythmically over the piece. The blast of high heat sears the slip, drying it instantaneously. The crackling that results creates rich, organic textures on the surface.

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About Kazuya Ishida

Jumpei Kaneshige

Kazuya Ishida is a second-generation potter in Bizen, Japan. He trained with Jun Isezaki (National Living Treasure in Bizen); he later traveled to the U.S. and the U.K., where he helped build two kilns for the Oxford Anagama Kiln project. Kazuya's work is a harmonious blend of tradition and modern impulses. He blends the traditions of Bizen and the U.K., and of movement and the natural world.


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