Yuriko, Shigeyoshi Morioka
Amano in Wakayama Prefecture
It was in 1974 that they built a kiln on the Land in Amano in Ito County near Mt. Koya in Kii Providence. Located in the middle of the mountains on Kii Peninsula, south of Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara, the place has a trace of human settlement dating back to 25,000 years ago.
An introduction from Nana Yamazaki of the Sanga Project lead us to have this exhibition of the couple; however, we were familiar with the husband, Shigeyoshi-san’s Takashi Nakazato inspired appearance and art style. Shigeyoshi-san is also the master teacher of sculptor Joy Brown.
His clay texture is simplicity itself; the shape of his pieces gives us the impression of his playfulness and decisiveness, as if their shape was unintentional. In addition, his unique appearance makes a strong first impression.
The wife, Yuriko-san creates celadon pieces. The large vases' dignified features remind us of the Joseon style. The remaining sand on the bottom from the firing and the sophisticated lip shapes are distinctive characteristics of her work.
*One of Shigeyoshi's large pot was purchased by MoMA for parmanent collection
in his solo exhibition at Aaron Faber Gallery New York 1981.