Conference Demonstrator and Panelist
Ryuichi Kakurezaki was born in 1950 on a small island that is part of the Goto Islands of Nagasaki Prefecture. After high school he found his way to the Osaka University of Arts where he studied design and then went to work as a graphic designer before switching to clay. That designer background served him well when it came to re-thinking the forms that lay dormant in Bizen’s clay. After studying with a few teachers, namely Bizen’s current Living National Treasure Jun Isezaki, Kakurezaki established his own studio in 1986, yet not before being accepted into numerous prestigious exhibitions while still in training.
Kakurezaki is also a brilliant kiln designer and fires his work with keen precision that creates all kinds of yohen or “kiln change” ash-glaze effects on his works.