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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Dish

1985 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This large dish demonstrates to good effect the remarkable skill in rope-impressed decoration that Shimaoka has developed over the years. He has combined three different kinds of patterning with the use of white slip - which fills the rope indentations - and boldly calligraphic underglaze iron painting. As the leading student of Hamada Shoji (1894-1978), Shimaoka is widely regarded as Japan's foremost potter of the Folk Craft (Mingei) Movement. His fascination with rope-impressed decoration is partly due to the fact that his father was a rope-maker. It can also be explained by the proximity to Mashiko, where he lives and works, of numerous archaeological sites dating from the Jomon period (10,500-300 BC), where earthenwares decorated with a rich variety of rope-impressed designs have been found.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Stoneware with underglaze iron painting over rope-impressed and slip-filled ground
Brief Description
Dish, Shimaoka Tatsuzo, Mashiko, Japan, 1985
Physical Description
In this dish where the impressed marks are filled in with white slip, the potter has combined three different patterns with leaf like splashes of underglaze iron painting to give a remarkable feeling of vitality to what is an extremely large and challenging pot.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 57.4cm
Styles
Marks and Inscriptions
(Maker's mark; on base; impressed)
Object history
Kikuchi?
Production
Biographical reference: 'Japanese Ceramics Today' V & A (1983), p.128: Gisela Jahn and Anette Petersen-Brandhorst, 'Erde und Feuer', Deutsches Museum (Munich, 1984), pp.229-231

Mashiko
Summary
This large dish demonstrates to good effect the remarkable skill in rope-impressed decoration that Shimaoka has developed over the years. He has combined three different kinds of patterning with the use of white slip - which fills the rope indentations - and boldly calligraphic underglaze iron painting. As the leading student of Hamada Shoji (1894-1978), Shimaoka is widely regarded as Japan's foremost potter of the Folk Craft (Mingei) Movement. His fascination with rope-impressed decoration is partly due to the fact that his father was a rope-maker. It can also be explained by the proximity to Mashiko, where he lives and works, of numerous archaeological sites dating from the Jomon period (10,500-300 BC), where earthenwares decorated with a rich variety of rope-impressed designs have been found.
Bibliographic References
  • Faulker, Rupert Japanese Studio Crafts: Tradition and the Avant-Garde, London: Laurence King Publishing, 1995, plate no. 2
  • Faulker, Rupert 'Contemporary Japanese Ceramics in the V&A' in Orientations, Vol. 17, No. 12; December 1986, p.32, fig 1.
  • Earle, Joe, ed. Japanese art and design London: V&A Publishing, 2009, fig.201, p. 210.
Collection
Accession Number
FE.30-1985

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