A graduate of Kyoto’s Municipal University of Fine Art, Morino – the son of potter Morino Kako (1879-1987) – studied under two Living National Treasures, Kenkichi Tomimoto (1886-1963) and Yoshimichi Fujimoto (1919-92). Such was his talent that his work was accepted into the Nitten exhibition while he was still a student and, in 1960 he received the Nitten’s prestigious Hokutosho prize. Leaving Japan to work as a guest professor at the University of Chicago, he returned in the late 1960s where his work was awarded a second Hokutosho Prize.
Many other awards followed, including the governor’s prize at the Gendai Kogei Ten (Modern National Crafts Exhibition) and, in 2007, the Japan Art Academy Prize – an award similar in weight to the Living National Treasure status. Throughout his career Morino’s work has been extensively exhibited internationally. Still working today, his new output is regularly exhibited throughout Japan.