HAMADA Shôji

(Japan 09 Dec 1894 – 05 Jan 1978)

Square jar with white ash glaze

Other titles:
Vase
Location
Lower Asian gallery
Further information

The Mingei movement was a Western-inspired craft movement, distinguished by its appreciation of, and inspiration from, European and Japanese folk crafts. Its most representative artist is perhaps Hamada Shôji. In 1920 Hamada accompanied the British potter Bernard Leach (who had studied pottery in Japan) to England. After Hamada returned to Japan in 1924, the two potters kept in touch, visiting and holding exhibitions together. Their works were largely inspired by English slipware and other folk pottery, and were given a theoretical support by Yanagi Soetsu (1889-1961), a religious philosopher who claimed that the supreme beauty of craft was found in pieces made by anonymous craftspeople for use by ordinary people. The theory, rather ironically promoted by works of prominent artists such as Hamada and Leach (who published Yanagi's theory under the title 'The unknown craftsman'), was embraced by many craftspeople. In Japan, the style has been continued by potters such as Kawai Takeichi and Shimaoka Tatsuzô.

'The Mingei Style', The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.268.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Shôwa period 1926–1988
Year
circa 1964
Media
Ceramic
Medium
stoneware
Dimensions
11.2 cm diam. of rim; 20.3 x 16.8 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1965
Accession number
EC6.1965