Kamoda Shōji 1933-1983
Kamoda Shōji was born in Kishiwada , Osaka. He studied under Tomimoto Kenkichi at the Kyoto Municipal College of Art. In 1959 he started his carrier as a potter in Mashiko. His work was accepted for the first time in the Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition in 1961. He was awarded the 10th Takamura Kotaro Prize in 1967. To break away from the traditional style he moved to Tono City in Iwate, which turned out to be an impetus for his creativity, presenting a new group of works with curvilinear carving and colored clay, establishing his signature style. In 1974 he received the Award for New Artist of the Education Minister Award for Art. He studied design, developing unique vessels beyond the conventional concept of pottery, working energetically to achieve his ideal. His works gained much popularity and acclaim. According to him “there is an infinite universe within myself as I see an infinite universe outside myself." He died in 1983 just before 50.