Mashiko ware platter (oozara) with nami-jiro (regular white) glaze and kaki (persimmon-colored glaze) ladle splashes. H.5.5cm(2.25") x Dia.38cm(15"). ca. 1970.
Mashiko wares gained worldwide popularity through the connection with National Living Treasure potter Shoji Hamada, who settled in this town of pottery and agriculture in the 1920's. Prior to Hamada's arrival, standard kitchen wares such as grinding bowls, water jars, teapots, and the like, were the standard products of Mashiko. Contemporary table ware such as this was made under the influence, and after the popularity, of Hamada's works. Still, he kept to the character of native wares in that his works continued to be simple and "healthy" wares, but with an artistic touch such as the dynamic ladle splash exhibited on this plate.