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Morihiro Onodera turns his culinary artistry into pottery creations

Morihiro Onodera turns his culinary artistry into pottery creations

"I used to dream of sushi. Every day," says Morihiro Onodera "Now I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea for a plate." The former owner of Mori Sushi is obsessed with making pottery. Behind his Los Angeles sushi restaurant, he had two potting wheels and a kiln, and whenever he had a few minutes, he would be at the wheel, forming a lump of clay into a bowl or plate. Four years ago, Onodera sold his sushi restaurant to a longtime employee and now spends much of his time making ceramics for a roster of illustrious restaurants, including Providence in L.A. and Mélisse in Santa Monica. But that's just one of his three jobs. Another is growing...

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