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Tea bowl

Tea bowl

  • Place of origin:

    Mashiko (made)

  • Date:

    about 1935-1950 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware with rust brown and mottled bluish glazes

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs M.H. Tiltman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 23, 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 movment in which Japan sought to articulate and assert a sense of national identity in the face of burgeoning westernisation.

Physical description

Tea bowl of stoneware, thickly potted with vertical sides tapering gently towards the rim and cut in sharply below to a roughly-shaped footring. Covered with a transparent greenish glaze which on the inside is suffused with opaque creamy areas tending to a bluish hue, and on the outside is covered over by a lustrous rush brown glaze in which five wavy vertical streaks have been left uncovered.

Place of Origin

Mashiko (made)


about 1935-1950 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware with rust brown and mottled bluish glazes


Height: 8.3 cm, Width: 8.3 cm

Object history note

Given to the donor by the potter, together with C.33 & C.34-1966.

Descriptive line

Tea bowl, stoneware with rust brown and mottled bluish glazes, made by Hamada Shoji, Japan (Mashiko), about 1935-1950

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

'Retrospective Exhibition of Shoji Hamada', National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo, 1977)
L.P. Roberts, Dictionary of Japanese Artists (New York/Tokyo, 1977), p.38;
Gisela Jahn and Anette Petersen-Brandhorst, Erde und Feuer, Deutsches Museum (Munich, 1984), pp.198 - 199






Ceramics; Stoneware; Studio Pottery


East Asia Collection

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