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Fri, Jul 21


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Kazuya Ishida Evening Demonstrations

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Kazuya Ishida Evening Demonstrations
Kazuya Ishida Evening Demonstrations

Time & Location

Jul 21, 2023, 6:00 PM GMT+10 – Jul 22, 2023, 8:00 PM GMT+10

Melbourne Clay , Studio MG2 Mercator Building Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067, Australia

About the event

Kazuya Ishida was born into a family of potters in Bizen Japan. Bizen is one of the six ‘ancient kilns’ and is famous for its traditional unglazed high temperature-fired bizen-style pottery.

He uses wood-fired noborigama (multiple chamber climbing kiln) and anagama (single chamber climbing kiln).  He trained with Jun Isezaki (a Living National Treasure in Bizen) for four years, followed by time spent in the UK learning different styles of pottery, before he established his own studio in Bizen.  Invited into the Anagama Project run by University of Oxford, he has been a lead resident potter teaching kiln making, firing and pottery making, while lecturing about his craft.

He makes sculptures and vases featuring his distinctive spiralling marks, created with a technique inspired by a teenage love for breakdancing.  In using limited materials (specifically, natural clay and natural ash glazes) in line with the Bizen tradition, he explores the rhythms and patterns of Nature.

The contemporary forms of his work are a reflection of the primordial, rippled textures and patterns of the ocean bed, tectonic shifts of a cliff face, and the marks that ebbing tides have left on rock pools, pebbles and seashells.


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