Name: Taiga Mori/ 森 大雅
Date of Birth: 17th March 1974
1749 Inbe, Bizen City, Okayama Prefecture
Born in Bizen, Okayama Prefecture, home to Bizen ware in the southwest Japan, Mori was introduced to pottery at an early age from his grandfather, Furai Mori, an accomplished potter who was active in the Bizen ware scene.
After inheriting Furai’s kiln in the year 2000 (due to Furai’s demise), Mori began to explore his own style through apprenticeship under Gyokushu Kimura, a profound Bizen potter. Ever since his first show in Tokyo in 2001, Mori started to hold exhibitions at the galleries in major cities around Japan including Okayama, Kobe and Fukuoka.
On his time off, Mori travels extensively to Europe, Nepal, Bhutan and Turkey to gain new perspectives on his art form. Mori’s kiln strictly maintains its traditional wood firing method and relies solely on natural glazing. Awards: Awardee of the “Chanoyu-no-Zokei-ten” Competition organized by The Tanabe Museum of Art, Tottori, Japan (2011) Awardee of the Ceramic Art Foundation’s Pola Foundation Award (2011) Awardee of the Nihon Kougei Kai’s Regional Competition in Chugoku Area (2009-2010) Awardee of the Prefectural Art Competition of Okayama (2009-2010) Awardee of the Art Mirai International Art Exhibition’s New Comers Award (Sculpture Division) (2003)