Hitoshi Morimoto

1976Born in Bizen City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
1999After graduating from the sculpture department at Tokyo Zokei University, studied Mino pottery under Seiya Toyoba
2003Began making pottery in Bizen City
2011~Began participating in solo and group exhibits in various locations

Currently, I mainly produce Bizen ware, which is unglazed stoneware, fired in a climbing kiln with firewood. I have also started to produce Shirahana, which is white, unglazed ware using Bizen soil. I also produce glazed works such as Black glaze, Ash glaze, Kiseto and Kohiki.


I get most of the inspiration for my work from daily life.
The changing of the seasons around my atelier, the budding foliage in spring and the frost in winter, a variety of plants and insects, all the signs of nature.
The beautiful shadows seen over the course of a day, the time spent eating meals and enjoying teatime.
Each one of these things is essential to me.
Transforming these things into pieces through the filter of myself is my creation.

I have two important parts to my roots.
One is Bizen pottery, as I was born and raised in a household where Bizen pottery is a family business.
The other is my life in Gifu Prefecture, where I studied Mino pottery as a private apprentice after graduating from university.

Bizen pottery is a traditional Japanese tempered pottery that has origins in ancient Sue ware.
The semi-underground climbing kiln that was built by my father, Eisuke Morimoto, also a potter, about half a century ago is still in use today; pieces are fired in this kiln over the course of a week.
The soil that is our raw material is mined from fields in the local Inbe area.
I feel that the meaning and mission of creating pieces in this area is to keep pottery firmly and continuously connected to the local community.

In Mino, I learned the traditional types of Mino pottery (Shino, Kiseto, and Setoguro among others) while apprenticing under the master potter Seiya Toyoba. Here, I learned not only pottery making skills, but also how to prepare myself mentally for the life as a potter.
This time was invaluable to my present self.
I am also working on glazed pieces that have roots in techniques that I learned in Mino.