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  • Place of origin:

    Mashiko (made)

  • Date:

    1969 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kamoda, Shoji, born 1933 - died 1983 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, hand-built, with resist surface patterning and glazed interior

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 142, The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Gallery, case 16, shelf 1

Kamoda's untimely death from leukaemia in 1983 deprived Japan of one of its most talented artists of recent decades. During a remarkable career he explored in a continually evolving series of experiments the relationship between sculptural form and surface decoration. This vase belongs to a seminal period between his abandonment of the making of works inspired by early Japanese stonewares of the Nara (710-794) and Heian (794-1185) periods and his adoption, in the early 1970s, of polychrome decoration. It is distinguished by its combination of a strongly angular shape and sensitively modulated surface qualities, created by overlaying a faint resist pattern on a roughly textured unglazed body.

Physical description

Vessel form of oblong cross section, flat base and angular front; faint resist pattern on roughly textured unglazed body; glazed interior

Place of Origin

Mashiko (made)


1969 (made)


Kamoda, Shoji, born 1933 - died 1983 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, hand-built, with resist surface patterning and glazed interior

Marks and inscriptions

Maker's mark; on base; incised


Height: 28.9 cm, Width: 20.5 cm, Depth: 15.4 cm

Object history note


Descriptive line

Vase, Kamoda Shoji, Mashiko, Japan, 1968

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Japanese Art and Design: the Toshiba Gallery Guide (V&A, 1986), fig.203, p.215.
Faulker, Rupert Japanese Studio Crafts: Tradition and the Avant-Garde, London: Laurence King Publishing, 1995, plate no. 21.

Labels and date

Stoneware with resist decoration
Maker's mark incised on base
Kamoda Shoji (1933-1983)
FE. 31-1985

Until his untimely death in 1983 Kamoda Shoji was a leading figure among Japanese avant-garde potters. This vase reflects his fascination with delicate surface decoration on strong sculptural forms. []

Production Note

Biographical reference: Japanese Ceramics Today (V&A, 1983), p.125. Mashiko




Hand-built; Glazed


20thC_load; Ceramics; Stoneware; Studio Pottery


East Asia Collection

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