Kokeshi artisans

Nobuyuki Ishizone

Born in 1949 in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture. Nobuyuki is the second son of Usaburo I and has looked up to his father as his teacher since the age of 18. Deeply admiring the excellent design abilities of his father, he intends to hand down his skills to the next generation and expand the market for his kokeshi products. As for his own style, he has made it an ideal to express simple and warm figures of little girls using keyaki materials with a subdued tint. His works are represented by "Child of the Wind," which won the Prize of the Director-General of the Forest Agency, and "Child Waiting for Spring," which was awarded the Prize of the Director-General of the Tokyo Regional Bureau of International Trade and Industry. While active as a kokeshi artisan, Nobuyuki is also working to publicize the attractions of sosaku kokeshi in Japan and overseas. At exhibitions and via the Internet, he is engaged in advertising activities for Usaburo Kokeshi and modern kokeshi. He is also developing eto kokeshi (Oriental zodiac kokeshi) and practical kokeshi to meet market needs. His pair kokeshi "Forever" and "Spring Colors," kokeshi of a girl with bobbed hair, have been long-selling products.

  • Born in 1949 in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture;
  • Began to study under Usaburo Okamoto in 1967;
  • Winner of many prizes, including the Prize of the Director-General of the Forest Agency.
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