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  • Place of origin:

    Mashiko (made)

  • Date:

    about 1975 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shimaoka Tatsuzo, born 1919 - died 2007 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware with grey-green glaze and inlaid white slip

  • 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

Bowl with highfish footring and gently curved sides, quite thickly potted. Reddish body visible on foot; sides decorated with a continuous vertical herring-bone design in inlaid white slip.

Place of Origin

Mashiko (made)


about 1975 (made)


Shimaoka Tatsuzo, born 1919 - died 2007 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware with grey-green glaze and inlaid white slip

Marks and inscriptions

Potter's mark above the footring.


Height: 5.4 cm, Width: 14.0 cm

Object history note

Shown at the World Crafts Exhibition, Ontario.

Descriptive line

Bowl, stoneware with grey-green glaze and inlaid white slip, made by Shimaoka Tatsuzo, Japan (Mashiko), ca. 1975

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

Japanese Ceramics Today, V & A (1983), p. 128
Gisela Jahn and Anette Petersen-Brandhorst, Erde und Feuer, Deutsches Museum (Munich, 1984), pp.229-231


Stoneware; Slip


Inlaid; Glazed

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Stoneware


East Asia Collection

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