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Cup

Cup

  • Place of origin:

    Mashiko (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1977 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shimaoka Tatsuzo, born 1919 - died 2007 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, thrown, with rope-impressed decoration and natural ash glaze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:

    FE.4-1978

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 142, The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Gallery, case 3, shelf 2

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

Cup of upright form with narrow, raised band around slightly constricted waist; rope impressed patterning on exterior surface; scorching and natural ash glazing

Place of Origin

Mashiko (made)

Date

ca. 1977 (made)

Artist/maker

Shimaoka Tatsuzo, born 1919 - died 2007 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, thrown, with rope-impressed decoration and natural ash glaze

Marks and inscriptions

Incised mark above foot

Dimensions

Height: 6.2 cm, Width: 7.3 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Cup for sake, stoneware, 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

Cup
Stoneware with rope-impressed decoration under ash and salt glazes
By Shimaoka Tatsuzo
JAPANESE; c.1977
FE.4-1978
Given by the artist []

Materials

Stoneware; Ash glaze

Techniques

Thrown; Rope-impressed

Categories

Stoneware; Studio Pottery; Ceramics

Collection

East Asia Collection

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