Ceramicist Yukiya Izumita began his career training under Gakuho Shimodake in Kokuji- Ware in 1992. Afterwards, in 1995, Izumita went on to open his own studio in Noda Village, Iwate Prefecture, on the border of the Northern Ceramic Production area of Aomori Prefecture. Tohoku, in Northeast Japan, is known for its very severe weather, because of this Izumita became inspired by the costal winds and the endurance found in seaside culture.
Izumita’s artistic career was met with extensive acclaim in Japan. Through exhibiting at SOFA New York in 2005, he was met with international acclaim.
In Japan, Izumita is the recipient of numerous accolades such as the Excellence Award at the 20th Biennial Japanese Ceramic Art Exhibition in 2009 and the Grand Prix at the Asahi Ceramic Exhibitions of 2000 and 2002.