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Collection

HAMADA Shôji

(Japan 09 Dec 1894 – 05 Jan 1978)

Title
Rectangular bottle-vase with iron glaze
Place of origin
Japan
Year
pre 1954
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
stoneware, press moulded and cut
Dimensions

22.5 x 15.3 x 8.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed box
Credit
Bequest of Patricia Englund 2005
Accession number
173.2005
Location
Lower Asian gallery
Further information

Hamada Shoji started studying ceramics at the Tokyo Technical College and then went to work as a glaze technician at the Kyoto Ceramic Institute, where he conducted thousands of experiments. In 1918 he befriended the English potter Bernard Leach (1887-1979) and two years later he accompanied Leach to Britain to help him build a Japanese-style kiln at St Ives in Cornwall. Their works were largely inspired by English slipware. He returned to Japan in 1923 and established a workshop at Mashiko, north of Tokyo. In 1955 he was designated a Living National Treasure. Hamada visited Australia in 1965.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2005.