Big Turnip-shaped Vase
Natural ash-glazed Bizen stoneware
12 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
Crane-necked Turnip-shaped Vase
10 5/8 x 8 5/8 inches
Large undulating wave-like Bizen vessel
Unglazed stoneware with kiln effects
15 1/8 x 12 3/4 in.
Bizen vertical vessel with four-lobed mouth
12 x 9 3/4 x 6"
A brown Bizen multi-faceted water jar with filed surface, triangular mouth and base, and a triangular wooden lid with ceramic knob
8 x 10 3/8 x 10 1/2 in.
Mori Togaku (b. 1937)
Bizen sculptural triangular box with angular lid join and uneven base
9 1/2 x 9 7/8 x 11 in.
As the leading artist working in traditional Bizen techniques, Mori Togaku has been at the forefront of the Japanese ceramic art world for more than thirty years. He completed an extraordinary large semi-underground climbing kiln, where most of his work has been produced, and is now undertaking the near-impossible task of recreating an even larger Momoyama-style kiln. Influenced by ancient Bizen and its Chinese prototypes, such as Sue ware, he highly values the texture of clay and sometimes combines two or three different kinds of clay to create unique vessels that are both dramatically modern while also reflecting old traditions.