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Born in Japan, Kinya came to Canada to marry his French-Canadian sweetheart and establish his pottery practice.

Kinya’s distinct style derives from his cultural roots. He is an accomplished and highly disciplined potter whose work is both prolific and ever-developing – much to the pleasure of his followers. His porcelain ware is collected for its thoughtful design, attention to detail and aesthetic beauty.

He is also widely known  as the creative force behind 1001 Pots – an annual summer exposition and celebration of pottery and ceramic art that takes place on his bucolic, gardened property. The event has been a destination for art-lovers ever since and has built a reputation for the small Quebec town of Val David.

Kinya Ishikawa portrait