Black underlies flowing red remembering ancient Negoro wares on a captivating work by Hamada Shinsaku enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kaki-yu Nuki-e Sara. Movement in the glaze seems to flow, as if it is passing quickly before your eyes, blink and you might miss it. It somehow expresses the Japanese idea of impermanence, the fleeting nature of beauty, the moment, life. And the interlocking designs set between revolving rings about the dark center like the dial on a time machine seem to emphasize that impression. It is a large work and certainly worthy of a prominent place in your collection.
Size, D 31.8 cm H 6.9 cm
Born the second son of Hamada Shoji in Tokyo, at a very young age his father moved the family to Mashiko, where he would start one of the most successful kilns of the 20th century propagating the Mingei philosophy of function as the basis for art. Shinsaku worked closely with his father, slowly taking over the reins from the early 70s. In 1980 his work was purchased for the prefectural governor’s residence, and in 1986 was acquired by the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He works alongside his son Tomo at the kiln established by his father, and has slowly ceded the reins to him in true mingei style, silently passing the torch to the next generation.