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  • Place of origin:

    Mashiko (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1935-1950 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware with mottled bluish-grey glaze

  • 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

Oval bowl with flat base, heavily potted, with slightly spreading sides rising to an oval-shaped mouth with moulded rim. The inside is covered with a glaze marked with creamy-blue suffusions and flecked with dark brown.

Place of Origin

Mashiko (made)


ca. 1935-1950 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware with mottled bluish-grey glaze

Object history note

Given to the donor by the potter, together with C.32 & C.33-1966.

Descriptive line

Bowl, stoneware with mottled bluish-grey glaze, 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)
Roberts, L.P. 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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