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Title

Square jar with white ash glaze


Artist

HAMADA Shôji

Japan

09 Dec 1894 - 05 Jan 1978


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Vase


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

circa 1964


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

stoneware


Dimensions

11.2 cm diam. of rim; 20.3 x 16.8 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1965


Location

Not on display


Accession number

EC6.1965


Artist information

HAMADA Shôji

Works in the collection

10


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


  • Ceramics by Hamada (9), David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 23 Apr 1965–23 Apr 1965

  • Title unknown, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, 02 May 1973–27 May 1973


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 268 (colour illus.).