Bottle with Abstract Orchids

Artist: Hamada Shōji (Japanese, 1894–1978)

Period: Shōwa period (1926–89)

Date: ca. 1960

Culture: Japan

Medium: Stoneware with painted decoration on iron-oxide glaze

Dimensions: H. 8 in. (20.3 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund and Richard and Peggy Danziger and Anonymous Gifts, 1994

Accession Number: 1994.289

Description

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.

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