Shoji Hamada: master potter
Lund Humphries Pub. in association with Ditchling Museum, Sussex, 1998 - Crafts & Hobbies - 80 pages
In the West, Shoji Hamada (1894-1978) is perhaps the best known pioneer artist-potter in modern Japan and one of the most important core members of the Mingei (Japanese Folk Crafts) movement. This book accompanies the first retrospective exhibition of his work in Britain since 1963 and is an essential contribution to the Hamada literature in English.Hamada is known for his collaboration with Bernard Leach in the early 1920s, which was regarded by many as the epitome of the meeting between East and West. Hamada received critical coverage by his reviewers as a potter of integrity who created work of 'sturdy strength', complemented by his skills as decorator and his use of calligraphy. Hamada spent years researching the best Western technical methods before crossing into the realm of natural glazes, using traditional methods where the spirit of the pot is the primary concern.This book reproduces twenty-two works from Japanese private collections: teabowls, teapots and vases displaying Hamada's characteristic brushwork, through to large braziers and the magnificent platters which show off his virtuosity with clay and glaze at its finest.
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Aberystwyth Hamada artist artist-potter ash glaze Bernard Leach Black iron glaze Burlington Magazine ceramics Charles Marriot Chinese pottery City Art Gallery cm PLATE Copper green glaze Crafts Museum Cream glaze design in white Ditchling Museum England Eric Gill Eric Milner-White Ethel Mairet Exhibition at Mitsukoshi Exhibition at Paterson's Exhibition in Tokyo Gallery in 1923 glaze with copper glaze with iron Greenslade from Paterson's Guild Hamada and St Hamada Shoji hybrid Iron rust glaze Ives seals Purchased Janet Leach Japan Folk Crafts Japanese Folkcrafts kaki glazes kiln Kyoto Large dish Living National Treasure Mashiko Town Office McCance Mingei movement Mingei theory modern November Okinawa Paterson's Gallery pots Private collection Purchased by Sydney Rice husk ash Shoji Hamada slipware Soetsu Yanagi Southampton City Art St Ives seals Stoneware studio pottery Sydney Greenslade Teabowl Tenmoku glaze Tokyo University of Wales vase wax resist wheel white slip William Staite Murray Yanagi and Kawai