In Haga-machi, Tochigi Prefecture, near the imperial farm, Morimi Saeki, a ceramic artist, is firmly rooted in the land surrounded by a variety of plants and trees and is devoted to his work. He has established a unique genre of inlay work called “Kibun Zogan,” which expresses the shapes of trees through inlay. The pattern is carved into the molded vessel, filled with clay, and then scraped. The work that is completed by repeating these processes many times is fantastic.
“In the 40 years since I set up my kiln, I have pursued wood relentlessly. The shapes and colors are all gifts from the natural world. The patterns in my works are my mental landscapes, but I think they also overlap with those of each viewer.” He sees his current situation, where he is unable to travel far, as an opportunity to create. “The more time I spend in contact with nature, the more I am struck by its beauty, and it brings back the days of my youth when I used to incorporate it into my work. I have more time to spend on pottery making, and I can do as much trial and error as I want. I still enjoy making them.”
The current exhibition features more than 200 pieces, ranging from vases and flower pots to everyday vessels. “I’m happy to have held eight solo exhibitions at Wako Hall. I hope people will be able to see that,” said Saeki.