(Japan 09 Dec 1894 – 05 Jan 1978)
22.5 x 15.3 x 8.0 cm
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.