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Hamada Shoji (1884–1978) Iron Painted Chawan

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39 Charansanitwong rd, Bangkok
Bangkok noi, 10700, Thailand

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Rare Chawan crafted by the eminent Hamada Shoji (1894-1978), showcasing the exquisite use of iron pigments.

Height: 7.9cm
Width: 15.1cm

In excellent condition.
Comes with a signed wooden box.

Shoji Hamada was a key figure in Japanese ceramics, famous for his involvement in the Mingei (Folk Craft) movement. Internationally acclaimed for his pottery expertise, he mastered traditional Japanese techniques.

Initially a painter, Hamada's passion shifted to pottery after attending a ceramics exhibition. He journeyed to England in 1918, apprenticing under Bernard Leach, a renowned British potter. Together, they established the Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall, a celebrated hub for studio pottery.

Returning to Japan in 1924, Hamada settled in Mashiko, renowned for its pottery. There, he set up his kiln, crafting pieces blending functionality with beauty, drawing from Japanese folk craft and Korean pottery.

Hamada's pottery is known for its earthy tones, tactile textures, and warm allure. Using stoneware and techniques like wheel throwing, he created timeless pieces.

Throughout his career, Hamada earned various accolades, including Japan's Living National Treasure title in 1955 and the Order of Culture in 1968.

His impact on pottery is profound. His dedication to traditional craftsmanship, pursuit of functional elegance, and collaboration with Bernard Leach influenced studio pottery globally. Today, his works are treasured by collectors and displayed in museums worldwide.