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Shoji Hamada (Japanese, 1894-1978)

Hamada, a name synonymous with studio ceramics, was an extremely influencial Japanese potter. He studied ceramics in Tokyo and soon after met life long friend Bernard Leach who was exhibiting in the city. The pair moved to Cornwall in 1920 where they founded the Leach Pottery in St. Ives and after 3 years here, Hamada moved back to Japan. He then founded his workshop in Mashiko, establishing the town as a centre for pottery.

His designs are characterised as being utilitarian in shape and intricately decorated, with beautiful and energetic designs painted as though to reflect artistic spontaneity.

Shoji Hamada. Lugged Jar

Lugged jar, paddle pattern.
Yellow ochre tenmoku under nuka

29.8cm (height).
72.4cm (diameter).


from the estate of Bernard Leach to Janet Leach thence to Trevor Corser.

Bernard Leach. Hamada Potter, 1978. Plate 12, illustrated


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