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Bottle

Bottle

  • Place of origin:

    Mashiko (made)

  • Date:

    about 1935 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Iron slip covered stoneware with slip-trailed decoration under a clear glaze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Contemporary Art Society through Ernest Marsh

  • Museum number:

    C.33-1943

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 16, shelf 2

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 movment in which Japan sought to articulate and assert a sense of national identity in the face of burgeoning westernisation.

Physical description

Vase of stoneware, pear-shaped with narrow neck and broad high foot. Decorated with stylised plants and characters in freely applied slip.

Place of Origin

Mashiko (made)

Date

about 1935 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Iron slip covered stoneware with slip-trailed decoration under a clear glaze

Dimensions

Height: 35.0 cm, Width: 20.3 cm, Diameter: 20.6 cm

Descriptive line

Bottle, iron slip covered stoneware with slip-trailed decoration under a clear glaze; made by Hamada Shoji, Japan (Mashiko), about 1935

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

Contemporary Arts Society catalogue no. 33
'Retrospective Exhibition of Shoji Hamada', National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo, 1977)

Labels and date

Vase
Iron slip covered stoneware with slip-trailed decoration under a clear glaze
By Hamada Shoji
JAPANESE; c.1935
C.33-1943
Given by the Contemporary Arts Society [as at 2005]

Production Note

Artist: Hamada Shoji (1894 - 1978)
Biographical reference: L. P. Roberts, 'A Dictionary of Japanese Artists' (Tokyo/New York, 1976), p.38: Gisela Jahn and Anette Petersen-Brandhorst, 'Erde und Feuer', Deutsches Museum (Munich, 1984), pp.198 - 199
Mashiko, Tochigi-ken, JAPAN

Materials

Stoneware

Techniques

Glazed; Slip-trailed

Categories

Ceramics; Stoneware; Studio Pottery

Collection

East Asia Collection

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