Mashiko ware vase with long neck coated in black glaze, and overglaze painting of camelia flowers on body, ca. 1960's. H.48cm(19") x Dia.23cm(9"). A fine example of vintage Mashiko ware that might have graced the tokonoma of a local Mashiko family home, this vase conveys an elegant shape while retaining its simple rustic background. Mashiko wares became popular through the work of National Living Treasure Hamada Shoji, who settled in this agricultural pottery town in the 1920's. Prior to Hamada's arrival, Mashiko made standard kitchen wares such as grinding bowls, crocks, water jars, and tea pots. Currently, there are an estimated 400 some kilns in Mashiko, making it one of the largest potting centers in the world.