Kimura was born in Gojozaka, Kyoto, a place known for many famous potters. Her father was a potter and inherited her father's business. In 1937, Moriwa Kimura entered the National Ceramics Laboratory to study the chemistry of ceramics, laying the groundwork for subsequent research on mineral glazes. After the end of World War II, she became an independent family and in 1966 she settled in Sanke Shimizu-yaki. At that time, her Konoha Tianmu began to be sought after in Japan.
Kimura Moriwa-Emerald Glaze Kiln Crystallized Tea Bowl
Since his wife was born in Fukui Prefecture, Moriwa Kimura built a furnace in Sasao, Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture in 1976, and installed nine ceramic stoves for better research. To obtain the necessary raw materials: rocks and minerals, with the Zhonglong mine in Ono City as the leader, Moriwa Kimura raided 20 prefectures and counties across the country. Subsequently, she kept repeating the work of drawing embryos, fixing the enamel and baking the oven. One experiment could reach hundreds of types of Tianmu enamel. Eventually, Huang Tian paid her attention and after such attempts, "The Emerald Glazed Furnace Turns Tea Bowl Into Crystal" was born.
orn in Kyoto in 1921, Morikazu Kimura took up the family tradition of potting from a very young age and spent much of his time researching and perfecting the Tenmoku style. In 1947 at the age of 26 he set up his own kiln in the exclusive potting district of Gojo-zaka and achieved much success. Later, in 1976, he moved to Fukui and opened another studio. During his long and distinguished career, Morikazu has received a number of awards for his excellence in potting and his works are held by the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art and the Imperial Household to name a few.
The term Tenmoku comes from bowls that were produced at temples near Mt Tienmu in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). These bowls were highly prized in Japan and a great many were imported for use in tea ceremony. Later, Japanese potters began to copy this style-of which two types are most prominent-"yohen" and "yuteki." Yuteki or "oil spot" glazing, which Morikazu is well-known for, is one of the most difficult glazing techniques in Japanese pottery and requires precision in the application of the glaze, in the firing conditions used, and in the cooling process employed. Only very experienced and skilled potters can produce these works with good results.