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An early ball shaped vase by Kasama pottery legend Wada Morihoro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled: Desiai-fu Kusamon Tsubo. It is 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition.
Wada Morihiro (1944-2008) was born in Hyogo prefecture and studied at the Kyoto Municipal University of Art in 1967. He would study under Kiyomizu Rokubei as well as Living National Treasures Tomimoto Kenkichi and Fujimoto Masamichi (Nodo). He worked at a communal kiln in Kochi, on the island of Shikoku before settling in Kasama in 1976. He has been displayed at the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (National Traditional Crafts Exhibition), the Nihon Togei Ten (National Ceramics Exhibition) where he was awarded, and received the Gold medal at the Faenza International Ceramics Exhibition in 1980 as well as being displayed at the Victoria Albert and Smithsonian as one representative of modern Japanese ceramics in 1983. He subsequently received the Japanese Ceramic Society Award in 1985, a very rare honor. Work by him is held in Museums throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Museum New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Philadelphia, New Orleans, The V&A London, Musee National de Ceramique in Sevres, MIC in Faenza, the Hamilton Art Gallery New South Wales, and a number of Japanese museums including the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art and Ibaraki Prefectural Museum among many others. For more see Japanese Ceramics Today: Masterworks from the Kikuchi Collection (1983), Contemporary Clay: Japanese Ceramics for the New Century (2005), Japanese Ceramics for the Twenty-first Century (2014) or Toh volume 19 (Japanese 1992)