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.
Director's commentary: This exquisite Mori Tokaku (b. 1937) shows the diverse talent of this Bizen giant. The jar's opening is beautifully adored with Bizen Goma (an effect from firing that creates a texture resembling sesame seeds scattered on a surface). The geometric and abstract lines and patterning wrap this cylinder vase gives a contemporary feel to this ancient object.