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Square jar with white ash glaze

circa 1964


Hamada Shōji


09 Dec 1894 – 05 Jan 1978

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Place where the work was made
    Shōwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
    circa 1964
    Media category
    Materials used
    11.2 cm diam. of rim; 20.3 x 16.8 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 1965
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Hamada Shoji
    Artist information
    Hamada Shōji

    Works in the collection


  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

    • 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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

  • Provenance

    David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, 1960s, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased from the exhibion 'Ceramics by Hamada', lot 9. at David Jones Art Gallery, by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Other works by Hamada Shōji

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