Shoji Hamada: master potter

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Lund Humphries Pub. in association with Ditchling Museum, Sussex, 1998 - Crafts & Hobbies - 80 pages
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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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Impressions of Mr Hamada
A Note on Glazes

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Timothy Wilcox, an independent curator, teaches at the University of Surrey and is a regular lecturer at the Cambridge International Summer School.

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