Spiral vase by Kazuya Ishida, beautiful as a display piece.   The piece is an interplay of light and dark: one side is streaked with white slip while the opposite side and interior show rugged brown earth
Spiral vase by Kazuya Ishida, beautiful as a display piece.   The piece is an interplay of light and dark: one side is streaked with white slip while the opposite side and interior show rugged brown earth. Showing the dark side of the vase.
Close up of the shell-shaped vase.
Spiral vase by Kazuya Ishida, beautiful as a display piece.   The piece is an interplay of light and dark: one side is streaked with white slip while the opposite side and interior show rugged brown earth

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Spiral vase by Kazuya Ishida, beautiful as a display piece. The piece is an interplay of light and dark: one side is streaked with white slip while the opposite side and interior show rugged brown earth.

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.

kaz vertical left
kaz vertical right
Kaz Middle

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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