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  • Place of origin:

    Mashiko (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1935 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hamada, Shoji, born 1894 - died 1978 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware with brown tenmoku glaze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Contemporary Art Society through Ernest Marsh

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 142, The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Gallery, case 8, shelf 4

Hamada Shoji (1894-1978) was one of the leading potters of the Japanese Mingei (Folk Craft) movement. He was closely associated both with Yanagi Soetsu (1889-1961), the philosopher-critic on whose theories the movement was founded, and the pioneer English studio potter Bernard Leach (1887-1979), whom he helped establish the Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall, during the early 1920s.

The Mingei movement developed in early twentieth-century Japan as a social and aesthetic crusade. It held ideas in common with the English Arts and Crafts theorists John Ruskin and William Morris about the value of hand-work and the negative effects of industrialisation and mass production. It actively sought to save and revive Japanese folk-craft traditions, which were becoming sidelined due to the forces of modernisation and urbanisation, and was part of a broader cultural movement in which Japan sought to articulate and assert a sense of national identity in the face of burgeoning westernisation.

Physical description

Decoration: Spray on each side

Place of Origin

Mashiko (made)


ca. 1935 (made)


Hamada, Shoji, born 1894 - died 1978 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware with brown tenmoku glaze


Height: 19.0 cm

Descriptive line

Japan, modern crafts, studio, ceramics; Hamada

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

Contemporary Arts Society catalogue no.147
'Retrospective Exhibition of Shoji Hamada', National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo, 19770

Production Note

Biographical reference: L. P. Roberts 'Dictionary of Japanese Artists' (New York/Tokyo, 1976), p. 38: Gisela Jahn and Anette Petersen Brandhorst, 'Erde und Feuer', Deutsches Museum (Munich, 1984), pp. 198 - 199
Mashiko, Tochigi-ken, JAPAN






Stoneware; Studio Pottery; Ceramics


East Asia Collection

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