Introduce this timeless statement piece to your home. The bowl can be filled with water to resemble a pond, creating a calming and soothing effect. Compared to other vases, the small hole to insert the stems makes flower arranging effortless.
The artisan employs a 12th-century technique of Bizen pottery, known for firing without any glaze. While using the same clay soil in all his pieces, the various textures and colors appear based on where they sit in the kiln.
The shirahana series is fired in a kerosene kiln to maintain the neutral tone of the ware. In contrast, the bizen red-toned vessels are fired in a wood-fired noborigama ascending kiln, which adds unique texture and luster to the ware.
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.