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Flat vase with cord pattern design

20th century


Shimaoka Tatsuzō


1919 – 2007

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Flat vase with slip-inlayed cord pattern design
    Alternative title
    Ji-yû zôgan Jômon henko
    Place where the work was made
    Shōwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
    20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    stoneware with slip inlay
    4.1 cm diam. of rim; 21.3 x 16.4 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed base, incised "Ta [initial of Tatsuzô]". Not dated.
    Signed bak of lid [Associated NWA], ink [inscribed] "Tatsuzô" [and artist's seal]. Not dated.

    Gift of Klaus Naumann 1984
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Shimaoka Tatsuzō

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Shimaoka entered the ceramics course at Tokyo Technical University in 1939. In 1946 he was invited to Mashiko, centre of the folk-art movement, where he was apprenticed to Shoji Hamada for three years. In 1953 he established his own kiln at Mashiko and since then has exhibited widely in Japan as well as overseas. In 1972 he visited Australia for two months.

    Shimaoka specialises in the slip inlay decoration termed 'mishima', long admired by the Japanese and characteristic of a certain traditional group of Korean ceramics.

    Since he has visited and taught in Australia, examples of his work (mostly belonging to the Australian potter Andrew Halford who studied with him in Japan) were included in the Art Gallery of New South Wales' Project show 'Contemporary Japanese Potters in Australia' (22 October - 20 November, 1983.

    The box in which this piece belongs is a signed and attested box by the artist himself, always an important consideration in Japan.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Bibliography

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