One of the most popular clay artists of his generation, WADA MORIHIRO's large shows often sold-out within hours of opening. Wada employed a very broad range of surface patterning using a multiplicity of techniques, including slip decoration, inlay, wax-resist, carving, underglaze, blue-and–white (sometsuke), and blown-on glaze.
Moving from Kansai and Kyoto, where he was the student of Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963) for several years, to Ibaraki Prefecture and into the ceramic town of Kasama enabled him to break free of the more classical aesthetics of Kyoto and develop his own repertoire of motifs and techniques that were more closely aligned to the work of local master, Kamoda Shōji (1933-1983). For several decades, Wada was the most respected Japanese artist working with polychrome decorated surfaces. His sudden and early death in 2008 left an enormous hole in the world of contemporary Japanese ceramics.
Selected Public Collections
Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Brooklyn Museum, NY
Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Faenza International Museum of Ceramics, Italy
Hamilton Gallery, Australia
Ibaraki Museum of Modern Art, Japan
Kure Municipal Museum of Art, Japan
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
Musée National de céramique, Sèvres, France
Musée National de la porcelaine Adrien-Dubouché, Limoges, France
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
New Orleans Museum of Art, LA
Newark Museum, NJ
Ogawa Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Japan
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Black-glazed teabowl with red and olive-green slip-glaze patterning and impressed surface
3 1/8 x 4 3/8 in.
Kimono-shaped vessel patterned with "Pattern of One Thousand Threads", Keisenmonki series
Stoneware with polychrome matte slip underglaze in white, black, red and green
20 3/8 x 11 x 5 1/2 in.
Torso-shaped vase with thin neck and green, black, brown matte patterned decoration
15 x 9 7/8 x 6 3/4 in.
Small, undulating vessel with abstract cedar motif design
Stoneware with colored slip glaze
7 1/8 x 16 1/8 x 7 inches
Square standing beige and brown slip-glazed vessel with angled mouth and foot
14 3/8 x 13 1/8 x 6 1/4 inches