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Tadashi Mori
Exuberance!
December 7 - 28, 2012
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See more of this artist's work:  2005 show , 2004 show
Tadashi Mori Exuberance Ceramic Show 


"Exuberance" - Extraordinary ceramic art of Tadashi Mori  森 正

Touching Stone Gallery is privileged and honored to show this collection of work by Tadashi Mori, one of the most important contemporary ceramic artists in Japan.

Tadashi Mori (b. 1940) grew up right after the Second World War, when Japan was exposed to strong influence from the West. As a young man, he looked towards Europe for inspirations. Working as a designer in Se-ei Ceramic Yokkaichi Factory, Mori gained recognition for his original works in the 1960s. He was strongly influenced by Hineno Sakuzo, a leading proponent of contemporary ceramic design. Hineno once commented that Mori had the magical power to draw the audience into a mysterious world.

Eager to experience the art and culture that started the Renaissance, Mori resigned from his job in 1970 and traveled to Rome, Italy. Roaming through the magnificent architecture of another ancient civilization, he realized how much humans need nourishment from culture and art. Upon returning to Japan, he became a full-time artist, creating original ceramic art for which he received numerous awards. In 1973, he received a Special Award in Asahi Ceramic Exhibition for his work entitled "Women Who Like to Gossip". That was followed by two more Special Awards in the 1975 and 1976 Chunichi International Ceramic Exhibitions for his works "Talkative Lady B" and "Cold Frosty Women", respectively. The latter work traveled to Italy in 1976 on invitation by the Faenza International Ceramic Exhibition.

 

 
Tadashi Mori outside his studio
Tadashi Mori outside his studio
(Photo courtesy of Paramita Museum)

Between 1973 and 1993, Mori also served as an instructor for the Nagoya Ceramic Club, whose membership read like who is who in the financial and cultural circles of the time. Mori considers that time an important period for him to 'grow as a human being'. His interest in foreign cultures prompted him to study Thai folk art and travel to Thailand through a Japan-Thailand cultural exchange program. Some of Mori’s most important works are an amalgam of unique multicultural perspectives.

1985 marked an important turn in Mori's career. He established his studio and kiln in a beautiful hillside location in Komono-Cho. His artistic focus shifted from the West back towards Japan. Since the 1990s, he produced series after series of highly original works that could rightfully be called artistic tour de force - the "Kanzashi" and "Matoi" series inspired by Japanese woman's hair-pins, the "Enku" series in honor of the 16th-century Japanese Zen monk Enku, the "Tale of Genji" series that paid homage to the Heian period Japanese classic. Despite the diverse themes of his works, a common hallmark is a sense of speed and freedom, as if each piece was created in an instant with one sweeping gesture - spontaneous, irrepressible, irreproducible.

In 1997, in recognition to his contributions to contemporary Japanese ceramic art, Mori was selected among twenty-one Japanese artists profiled in the title "Toward a 21st Century Renaissance in Ceramics" (Dohosha Ltd. publisher). Peter Voulkos (1924-2002), known for pushing ceramic craft in American to an art form, wrote in this volume: "Their commitment is very ambitious and (their) risk taking generates an excitement that at once transcends the boundaries that have constrained the development of new ideas and possibilities that ceramics can afford."

Such creativity did not go un-noticed. In 2004 and 2005, Mori launched two spectacular exhibitions entitled "Abstracted Passion" and "Enku" in Touching Stone Gallery in Santa Fe, America. In 2008, his "Tale of Genji" was exhibited in the Daikakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. In 2010, he was invited to exhibit in Paris, France. The following year, he was nominated as a member of International Academy of Ceramic; and he held another major exhibition in 2011 in Mullen, France.

In 2012, Mori's long artistic endeavor cumulated in a retrospective exhibition in Paramita Museum, Japan. That exhibition, entitled "Exuberant Forms - Fifty-year Trajectory of Tadashi Mori's Ceramic Art", included nearly three hundred pieces spanning Mori's entire career. It is hard to overstate the significance of his contributions to contemporary ceramic art in Japan.

The current show, featuring Mori's new works and selected pieces from his recent retrospective exhibition, provides a glimpse of the genius of this extraordinary artist.

 

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Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 1Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 1
Toubako Tower No. 1  (2006)
5-tier white ceramic box with red, black and green Oribe glazes
 Same glazes interior   17.5" x 9.5" x 8" (3 views)
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Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 1 (open)

Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 2Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 2
Toubako Tower No. 2  (2012)
4-tier white ceramic box with silver leaf and black inscriptions
 Green Oribe interior   18.5" x 11" x 6" (3 views) 
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Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 2 (open)

Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 3Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 3
Toubako Tower No. 3  (2012)
4-tier red ceramic box with black and white decorations
 Black & silver interior   17" x 7.5" x 5.5" (3 views)
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Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 3 (open)

Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 4Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 4
Toubako Tower No. 4  (2012)
3
-tier black ceramic box with silver leaf and white decorations and inscriptions
 Black interior, silver leaf bottom   14" x 7.5" x 5.5" (3 views)
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Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 4 (open)
Tadashi Mori Vase Flower Lid 11Tadashi Mori Vase Flower Lid 11
Vase with Flower Lid No.11  (2009)
Covered ceramic vase with red, green and blue glazes
Natural interior   14.5" x 11.5" x 10.5" (2 views)
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Tadashi Mori Mizusashi 12Tadashi Mori Mizusashi 12
Mizusashi No.12  (2005)
Tea ceremony water jar with red and black Oribe lid (silver leaf on lid bottom)
Black interior   7" x 7" x 7" (2 views)
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Tadashi Mori Mizusashi 13Tadashi Mori Mizusashi 13
Mizusashi No.13  (2012)
Tea ceremony water jar with unglazed lid (silver leaf on lid bottom)
Red interior   7" x 6" x 6" (2 views)
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Tadashi Mori Toubako 5Tadashi Mori Toubako 5
Toubako Tower No. 5  (2012)
2
-tier brown ceramic box with green, white and silver decorations
 Black & red interior   9.5" x 6.5" x 5" (3 views)
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Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 5 (open)

Tadashi Mori Toubako 12Tadashi Mori Toubako 6
Toubako Tower No. 6  (2012)
3-tier ceramic box with red, black and silver decorations
 Black & silver interior   11" x 5" x 5" (3 views)
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Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 6 (open)

Tadashi Mori Incense Burner 14Tadashi Mori Incense Burner 14
Incense Burner No.14  (2012)
Ceramic incense burner with green and red Oribe glazes and line decorations
 9" x 4.5" x 8" (Close and open views)
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Tadashi Mori Incense Burner 15Tadashi Mori Incense Burner 15
Incense Burner No.15  (2012)
Ceramic incense burner with red and black Oribe glazes
 8.5" x 5.5" x 8" (Open and close views)
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Tadashi Mori Incense Burner 16Tadashi Mori Incense Burner 16
Incense Burner No.16  (2012)
Ceramic incense burner with red and green Oribe glazes and inscriptions
 9.5" x 4.5" x 8" (Close and open views)
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Tadashi Mori Incense Burner 17Tadashi Mori Incense Burner 17
Incense Burner No.17  (2012)
Ceramic incense burner with green Oribe glaze and line decorations
 10" x 4" x 7.5" (Close and open views)
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Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 7Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 7
Toubako Tower No. 7  (2012)
3-tier white ceramic box with black inscriptions
 Black, red & line decorated interior  12.5" x 4" x 4" (Close and open views)
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Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 8Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower 8
Toubako Tower No. 8  (2012)
3-tier white ceramic box with black inscriptions
 Black, red & line decorated interior  11" x 3.5" x 3.5" (Close and open views)
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Tadashi Mori Toubako 9Tadashi Mori Toubako 9
Toubako No. 9  (2011)
2
-tier black ceramic box with inscriptions
Black & red interior   9" x 4.5" x 3.5" (Close and open views)
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Tadashi Mori Toubako 10Tadashi Mori Toubako 10
Toubako No. 10  (2011)
Brown ceramic box with white & green Oribe decorated interior
 5.5" x 4" x 3.5" (Close and open views)
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Tadashi Mori Exuberance showTadashi Mori Exuberance show


Chronology
1940        Born in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture
1958        Graduated from ceramic department, Yokkaichi Technical High School
               Designer in Yokkaichi ceramic factory
1964        Founding member and representative of the DAC potters group
1968        Established studio Tadashi Craft
1973        Founding member of the Nagoya Togei Club
1977        Studied Thai folk art through Japan-Thailand cultural exchange program
1980        Released Song of Summer Grass, a documentary film on Mori's ceramic art
1982        Visited sites in Thailand through Japan-Thailand cultural exchange program
1983        Studied the tea ceremony
1985        Established current studio in Sugitani, Komono-cho

Solo Exhibitions
1964        Imai Gallery, Osaka
1983-89   Imai Department Store, Sapporo
               Gallery Cryness, Sendai
               Kawamoto-Ichibankan, Morioka
               Ikebukuro Seibu, Tokyo
               Akasaka Inui Gallery, Tokyo
               Garando Gallery, Nagoya
               Maruzen Gallery, Nagoya
               Daimaru, Osaka & Kochi
               Horodo, Osaka
               Marukoshi Department Store, Kanazawa
               Tosenbo, Kyoto
               Gallery Maronie, Kyoto
1990        Shibuya Seibu, Tokyo
               Akasaka Inui Gallery
1991        Narita Hotel, Chiba
1992        Yama Gallery, Yokkaichi
               Maruei, Nagoya
1993        Akasaka Inui Gallery
               Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi Main Store, Tokyo
               Maruei, Toyohashi
1994        Hanamido, Kawagoe
               Isetan, Tokyo
1995        Hanamido, Kawagoe
               Maruei, Nagoya
1996        Gallery Tosoan, Nagoya
               Ashikaga Inui Gallery, Ashikaga
               Horodo, Nagoya International Hotel
1997        Rokujuen, Tsushima
1998        Maruei, Toyohashi
               Hashimoto Bijutsu, Nagoya
               Ashikaga Inui Gallery, Ashikaga
1999        Maruei, Nagoya
               Ashikaga Inui Gallery, Ashikaga
2000        Maruei, Toyohashi
               Hashimoto Bijutsu, Nagoya
               Ashikaga Inui Gallery, Ashikaga
2001        Maruei, Toyohashi
               Akasaka Inui Gallery, Tokyo
2002        Hashimoto Bijutsu, Nagoya
               Akasaka Inui Gallery, Tokyo
2003        Maruei, Nagoya
               Hashimoto Bijutsu, Nagoya
               Akasaka Inui Gallery, Tokyo
2004        Hashimoto Bijutsu, Nagoya
               "Abstracted Passion", Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2005        "Enku", Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2008         "Tale of Genji" exhibition, Daikakuji, Kyoto  
2009         Hashimoto Bijutsu, Nagoya
2010         Galerie Hayasaki, Paris, France
2011         Espace Saintjean, Mullen, France
                Ryukoji, Suzuka City
2012         Retrospective exhibition: "Exuberant Forms - Fifty-year Trajectory of Tadashi Mori's Ceramic Art", Paramita Museum, Mie Prefecture, Japan
                "Exuberance!", Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Japan    
              
Major Group Exhibitions
1976        Faenza International Ceramic Exhibition, Italy
1990        Senshukai, Hotel Okura, Tokyo
                Meme-Pool Exhibition, Tokyo Ohara Center
                Symposium for Amusement, Saitoan, Hagi
1993        Toh Kaigi 6, Mie Prefectural Museum of Art, Tsu
1994        Toh Kaigi 6, Mie Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
2011        International Academy of Ceramic Exhibition, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Awards / Selected Publications
1962        Governor of Mie Prize (twice), crafts department of Mie Arts Exhibition
               Chairman of Parliament Prize, crafts department of Mie Arts Exhibition
1963        Governor of Aichi Prize, First Asahi Ceramic Arts Exhibition
               Second Prize, Japan Ceramic Design Competition
1964-70   Silver Prize, Japan Fiber Design Competition
               Copper Prize (twice), Japan Fiber Design Competition
1972        Encouragement Prize, Asahi Ceramic Arts Exhibition
1973        Special Prize (Kawasaki Prize), Asahi Ceramic Arts Exhibition
1975        Special Prize, Chunichi International Ceramic Arts Exhibition
1976        Governor of Aichi Prize, Chunichi International Ceramic Arts Exhibition
1979        Encouragement Prize, Asahi Ceramic Arts Exhibition
1997        Toward a 21st Century Renaissance in Ceramics, Dohosha Ltd. Publisher
2007        "Enku". Ceramics Art & Perception vol. 66, p.30-32.
2011        Nominated as a member of International Academy of Ceramic

Public Collections

Okushino Sekitei, Ise All Nipon Airline Hotel, Osaka Taikoen, Osaka Hokke Building, Nobeoka Chinzanso, Tokyo Winghill House, Nikko Narita Hotel, Chiba Nagoya International Hotel Rokujuen, Tsushima