All projects will be tailored to the individual student’s interests. However, before starting a project, the student must first speak with Instructor Morito to discuss their ideas, their project’s scope. In some classes, students will learn the skills of slab building or clay sculpture, working from a photo image or from their own imagination. In PM class, students can sculpt in clay, working from a live model. Students can also learn the skills involved in the use of the potter’s wheel. All students will learn the art of preparing clay work for kiln firing and the use of glazes.
Registering for this class full-time will entitle the student to receive one 25-pound block of clay per month and one free firing of a work, which does not exceed 10 inches in any direction. Work exceeding 1000 cubic inches will be charged 5 cents per cubic inch over the 1000 cubic inches. Glaze firing is charged at 5 cents per cubic inch (for example: 10 (height) x 10 (width) x 10 (depth) = 1000 cubic inches). Additional clay can be purchased at the League’s Art Supply store.
Yasumitsu Morito’s works have been exhibited in various venues in New York, including public sculptures in both Carl Schurz Park and Riverside Park South in Manhattan, and solo shows at the Bill Hodges Gallery, Resobox Gallery and the Consulate General of Japan in New York City. Morito’s work has been featured in various publications and venues including the Wall Street Journal, NY1, and the Consulate General of Japan. Morito studied sculpture at The Art Students League and human anatomy for artists at the Drexel University College of Medicine. He was a ceramic instructor in Japan and Central America through the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Morito hails from Mashiko in Japan, a district known for traditional Japanese ceramics. He is an elected member of The National Sculpture Society and a Cultural Ambassador of the Tochigi Prefecture Japan for Ceramics. His sculptures are included in the collection of various private and public institutions including Rockland Community College.