The roundness of the vase is juxtaposed with the edges and modern and sophisticated surface. Add a personal touch with flowers, greenery, or branches.
The artisan employs a 12th-century technique of Bizen pottery, known for firing without any glaze. The shirahana series is fired in a kerosene kiln to maintain the neutral tone. In contrast, the typical bizen red-toned vessels are created in a wood-fired noborigama ascending kiln, even though both shirahana and bizen use the same clay.
About the artisan
There is a sense of stillness and calm where Hitoshi Morimoto resides and works - atop a hill in Bizen, Okayama Prefecture.
He began his career under Seiya Toyoba, a Mino pottery master. Through this Zen monk-like training, the second-generation artisan developed the perspective and disposition necessary to make a great potter.
In navigating the unpredictable nature of working with ash and fire, he has molded his unique style of Bizen pottery - one that has a time-honored yet timeless silhouette - inspired by ancient Japan and daily life.
Due to the handmade nature of this piece, the size, texture, and pattern may vary.