Taimei Morino is known primarily as a contemporary artist and a successful one at that. His artworks are included in museum collections across the world. This sake decanter tells a fascinating story. The conscious effort of making “art” has slipped from his mind, and his memory and a familiar shape of a decanter dominates his mind.
The decanter instead hearkens to Morino’s upbringing in the third generation of a family of potters, to his long and instinctive involvement with the feeling of clay. As a child, he likely wandered into his father’s studio only to be thrown a ball of clay to occupy his curious, active hands. There, the life spanning relationship between Morino’s hands and clay began.
This decanter is a direct and straightforward example of his connection to clay. It is the medium Morino knows as well as his flesh and blood. The result is a sensuous, organic, and understated sake decanter. The small practical object gleams with the splendor of sculpture.