The ceramic artist Ito Kei was born in Kyoto in 1924. He came from a family of ceramists; his father Ito Chisebun was also a ceramic artist. After graduating from the Kyoto Municipal Arts and Crafts School in 1944, he went on to and graduated from the Kyoto Municipal Painting College. In 1943 his pieces were selected for the first time and exhibited in the literary exhibition. He exhibited and was awarded the prize of the Contemporary Japan Crafts Exhibition in 1965, and the Minister of Education Award in 1989. His works became highly valued at home and abroad; he has become most known for his white porcelains and celadon pieces.