Born as the third generation to a family of potters, Hiroaki Morino Taimei (b. 1934) has had a long and instinctive involvement with 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.
Morino went on to study ceramics at the Kyoto City University of Arts where he had the opportunity to study under Living National Treasures (ningen kokuhō) Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963) and Fujimoto Yoshimichi “Nōdō” (1919-1992). Kenkichi once told Morino, jibun no mono o tsukure, which translates to “find your own way”, leaving a strong impression on the artist.
In the mid-1960’s he decided to move to Chicago and spent several years as an instructor at the University of Chicago. During his time there, he had the chance to examine his own culture from an outside perspective.
This mysterious “Box” has a dynamic pattern of undulating stripes applied in a red, silver, and black glaze. The pattern acts like an optical illusion that plays with our sense of depth, interacting with the straight edges and a wavy top surface that gradually rises to two peaks. The surface of the work mirrors the immense energy alive within it. It is direct expression of his life-long relationship with clay, a medium he has come to know as well as his flesh and blood.
*(Morino baked the pieces in this series at a low temperature to achieve his desired effects. The pieces are prone to chip. There are a few small chips on the edge of this piece and it is priced accordingly.)