Artist: Hamada Shoji (1894-1978)
Historical period(s)
Showa era, ca. 1950
Stoneware with wood-ash and iron glazes
H x W x D: 5.6 x 19.5 x 20 cm (2 3/16 x 7 11/16 x 7 7/8 in)
Japan, Tochigi prefecture, Mashiko
Credit Line
Gift of Idamae Burati
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Japan, Showa era (1926 - 1989), stoneware
Provenance research underway.

Hamada Shoji was a cofounder, with philosopher and critic Yanagi Soetsu (1889-1961) and potter Kawai Kanjiro, of the Japanese Folk Craft Movement. In 1926 they coined the term mingei to designate 'crafts of the common people,' which they admired for their strength and simplicity. In his own work Hamada took as his model the sturdy forms, local materials, and simple decorations of Japanese folk pottery. The checkerboard pattern of this molded dish was created by wax resist using two glazes from Mashiko, where Hamada resided after 1924. One is a clear glaze made from wood ash and limestone; the other is tinted brown with iron from ground volcanic stone.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
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