Born in Tokyo in 1977, master ceramicist Takahiro Ishii learned the time-honored techniques of the Bizen ceramic under esteemed Bizen master Kakurezaki Ryuichi. Ishii-san established his own studio in 2006. He continues to hone his craft today as he carries on the Bizen ceramics tradition, creating contemporary vessels using time-honored techniques.
Ishii-san describes his unwavering investigation of the medium as a philosophical journey and the resulting pieces as an extension of the ever-changing self. The young master’s work has garnered steady recognition amongst Japanese ceramics collectors around the world.
His ongoing body of work embodies the cultural heritage of Bizen, one of Japan’s Six Ancient Kilns, as well as Ishii-san’s contemporary perspective. The artist's use of layered, metallic glazes and asymmetrical forms draws inspiration from the sixteenth-century Oribe ceramic traditions. Oribe was a type of Mino ware first created during the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573–1603). It is said that this, then new, type of ceramics reflected the taste of Oribe Furuta, a celebrated master of the Japanese tea ceremony. The introduction of Oribe marked a dramatic visual departure from the more monochrome and quieter forms most commonly found in Raku vessels of the time.