Morihiro Wada graduated from Kyoto Art University and opened his own studio in Kasama city. He was recognised by many of Japan’s most renowned ceramic galleries, where he exhibited his work from 1979. Wada’s reputation and fame rose early on, and he was honoured with solo shows at venues such as the Takashimaya department stores throughout Japan.
Considered one of the most popular artists working in clay of his generation, Wada mastered a number of techniques to create distinctive patterns on the surfaces of his pieces, such as slip decoration, underglaze, carving, blue-and–white (sometsuke), wax-resist, inlay and blown-on glaze. He rejected the traditional methods of Kyoto and Kansai-style pottery and developed his own visual language, which was more closely aligned to that of local artist, Shoji Kamoda.
Wada’s ceramics have been acquired by many esteemed public collections worldwide, including The Art Institute of Chicago, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Faenza International Museum of Ceramics, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musée National de Céramique in Sèvres, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.