Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.



  • Place of origin:

    Mashiko (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1977 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shimaoka Tatsuzo, born 1919 - died 2007 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware painted in white with slip under an olive green glaze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 23, shelf 4

Shimaoka Tatsuzo (1919-2007) was the leading disciple and student of Hamada Shoji (1894-1978), whom he succeeded as the pre-eminent potter of Mashiko, the ceramic-producing town northeast of Tokyo which Hamada made his home in 1924 on his return from having helped Bernard Leach (1887-1979) establish the Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall. Shimaoka, like Hamada before him, was well known outside Japan as well as within, and in 1996 was appointed a Living National Treasure by the Japanese government.

The hallmark of Shimaoka's work was his use of rope-impressed patterning. While this was partly a result of his father having been a rope-maker, it was more to do with the fact that the area of Japan in which Mashiko is situated is home to numerous prehistoric sites once occupied by the Jomon (lit. 'cord pattern') people, whose name is derived from the rich variety of earthenwares decorated with rope-impressed patterns that was a key characteristic of their culture.

Physical description

Stoneware cup of cylindrical form, everting towards the rim and foot, with high foot straight on the outside and inclined inside. A turned nipple of clay inside the foot. Painted with sketchy pine trees in round medallions on each side in white slip and glazed with an iron glaze which is predominately olive green with streaks of blue and brown outside, and slipped in white under glaze inside.

Place of Origin

Mashiko (made)


ca. 1977 (made)


Shimaoka Tatsuzo, born 1919 - died 2007 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware painted in white with slip under an olive green glaze

Marks and inscriptions

Incised potter's mark above foot.


Height: 7.3 cm, Width: 6.6 cm

Object history note

Given by the maker through Keramik Vertrieb Gmbh, Alsterdorfer Str. 300, 2000 HAMBURG 60.

Descriptive line

Stoneware cup, made by Shimaoka Tatsuzo in Mashiko, Japan, ca. 1977.

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

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

Labels and date

Stoneware decorated in white slip and overlapping glazes
By Shimaoka Tatsuzo
JAPANESE; c.1977
Given by the artist [as at 2005]


Stoneware; Slip


Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Trees, Pine


Ceramics; Stoneware; Studio Pottery


East Asia Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.