Artist: Hamada Shōji (Japanese, 1894–1978)
Period: Shōwa period (1926–89)
Date: ca. 1960
Medium: Stoneware with painted decoration on iron-oxide glaze
Dimensions: H. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund and Richard and Peggy Danziger and Anonymous Gifts, 1994
Accession Number: 1994.289
Designated a Living National Treasure in 1955, Hamada was one of the most influential ceramicists of the folk art, or mingei, tradition, which, like the Arts and Crafts movement in the West, extolled the innate expressiveness of work created by earlier anonymous craftsmen. He was a close friend of Bernard Leach’s and briefly worked with him in Cornwall.