I met Morimoto Shinji by “chance” in January 2006, during his tenth exhibition at the Matsuya department store in Ginza, Tokyo. In Japan, many upscale department stores patronize potters and facilitate their exposure to a broad public. Morimoto lives and work in Kameoka-shi, in the mountains near Kyoto. His pottery struck me as being calm and strong with controlled energy. And to put it in his own words: “My concept is to produce wares that are plain yet with primitive beauty and robustness drawn from the clay.”
The bidoro (vitrified glass) effect on this particular tokkuri (sake bottle) is remarkable. It is hard to tell whether the flow is downward or upward, and this gives the bottle an interesting living organic feel.
The bottle is signed and in perfect condition.
Dimensions: 8 cm x 14 cm (3.2 in x 5.6 in), Weight 230 g (8 oz)
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