Large bowl, iron rust glaze, iron overglaze brush circular patterns
Hamada Shōji 1894-1978

Hamada  Shōji was one of the most influential figures on the studio pottery  of  20th century.  He studied ceramics under Itaya Hazan in Tokyo. In Kyoto he studied and worked together with Kawai Kanjirō, experimenting on glazes. Hamada met Bernard Leach in Tokyo who became  his  lifelong  friend and mentor. He accompanied Leach to England  to  help  him  set  up  the  Leach pottery in St Ives in 1920. After  3  years’  stay i n St Ives, he returned to Japan to establish his workshop  in  Mashiko.  Being a major advocator of the Mingei Folk Crafts    movement  ,   the    aesthetic   philosophy   of   Mingei   ran throughout  his  prolific  career , focusing on making utilitarian pots using  local  materials  and  traditional techniques, working naturally and allowing the work come from within spontaneously. His pots are often decorated with simple but lively motifs executed in a dynamic creative energy. In 1955 he was designated a Living National Treasure, the first time for a potter.

w58.5×h15.8 cm
c.1962
Private Collection
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Insense box with incised pattern on white slip, Tsuboya kiln, Okinawa
w7.6×h7.1 cm
1940
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A set of six hexagonal serving dishes with overglaze enamel decoration
w10.8×h3.5 cm
1960s

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