Ceramic Artist Yukiya Izumita Master Class

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JAPAN HOUSE Salon, Level 5

6801 Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Award-winning ceramicist Yukiya Izumita creates complex, layered works with warm, earthy textures out of his studio in northeastern Japan. In this master class, participants will get an intimate look into his production process, from mixing his clay, to the construction and final touches of the vessel. Each step in his process represents the culmination of years of study and practice, and this program offers the unique opportunity to witness a master ceramicist at his craft.

For his class at JAPAN HOUSE, Izumita will incorporate local clay and soil to produce a ceramic that is truly native to Los Angeles. In just one and a half hours, participants will witness the planning and creation of a vessel, with narration and explanation throughout, including his innovative use of traditional tools and techniques.

This master class is open to all, from professional ceramicists to amateurs or fans. After the class Izumita will donate the piece to JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, where it will be displayed throughout the end of the exhibition period.

About Yukiya Izumita


Born in 1966 in Iwate, Tōhoku. Izumita began study of kokuji ware ceramics in 1992, and opened his own studio in the same year. His work is influence by both kokuji—a ceramic tradition based in his native Tōhoku—and the postwar Soudei-sha movement, characterized by biomorphic and slab-built geometric forms with an emphasis on sculptural aspects. Izumita has been working in his native Tōhoku since 1992. After his hometown was tragically destroyed in the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami, he has incorporated unique lines and movement to his work, addressing themes of strength and fragility. His work has won many accolades, including grand prize of the Asahi Ceramic Exhibition in 2000 and 2002, and the Excellence Award at the 20th Biennial Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition in 2009. His international exhibitions include Ippodo Gallery New York in 2012 and 2017, Revelation Fair, Grand Palais Paris in 2015, and SOFA Chicago in 2015. His public collections include the Yale University Art Gallery and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Image courtesy of Ippodo Gallery)

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