NC Mountain Pre-Conference Invited Guest
Kazuya Ishida was born in Bizen, Japan, a town famous for traditional pottery. He uses noborigama and anagama wood fired kilns. He trained with Jun Isezaki (National Living Treasure in Bizen) for 4years then spent time in the UK learning different style of pottery. He makes sculptures and vases featuring his distinctive spiraling marks, created with a technique inspired by a teenage love of breakdancing. Also, traveling for overseas made him realize the beauty of the natural world. Working with clay from local rice fields and mountains, he make pieces inspired by shells and rocks.