A leading potter of traditional Bizen firing techniques, Mori Togaku 森 陶岳 (b. 1937) has epitomized wood-firing techniques with the large Momoyama-inspired climbing kilns that he has built. Not only have his spiritual inclinations influenced his works, but his works are also historically informed. His kilns are made using Muromachi-inspired firing techniques, and heavily inspired by Chinese Sue ware forms. His reintroduction of the Ogama to modern and contemporary pottery has revived the Bizen craft.
Form is developed in preference to surface effects: This exquisite jar shows the diverse talent of this Bizen giant. The geometric and patterning wraps this cylindrical vase, giving a contemporary feel to this object inspired by ancient forms.