Hamada Shoji (1894 - 1978) was one
of the founding fathers of the Studio Pottery movement, who came over to England with his
friend, Bernard Leach, to start the Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall back in
1920. Like Leach, Hamada did not come from a pottery background but had
studied ceramics briefly in Tokyo. Upon his
return to Japan, Hamada
set up a workshop amongst the rural
potters of Mashiko and was based there until his death. In 1955 he was designated
as a ‘Living National Treasure” for his involvement and promotion of folk art
pottery and the Mingei philosophy.
It is said that the only pots from Hamada’s pottery that he threw and
decorated entirely on his own were his teabowls and here we have one such
example. It comes with a wooden box that has Shoji’s personal seal inside the
lid, together with authentication and the seal of Shoji’s son, Shinsaku. It
has no damage or restoration and was likely to have been made in the 1960s.
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