Bottle with sugarcane

Hamada Shōji Japanese

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After working in England with Bernard Leach, Hamada established his workshop in Mashiko, a small town north of Tokyo. He was a major figure of the mingei (folk craft) movement and drew inspiration from folk pottery styles, adopting local clay and glazes. His favored sugarcane motif, seen here, was ultimately reduced to abstraction after being painted thousands of times. Hamada’s demonstrations and exhibitions in the U.S. in 1952–53 had a major impact on potters, especially his hand-building and hand-spun wheel techniques.

Bottle with sugarcane, Hamada Shōji (Japanese, 1894–1978), Stoneware with iron-oxide decoration, Japan

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